Bahia Fruit Salad or Salsa

Have you ever made something and people ate it wrong and it turns out they created something equally awesome? It just happened to me on Sunday.

I had “fruit duty” for Easter dinner, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and make some Bahia Fruit Salad so I could get some better photos of it than when I originally posted it as Melon Pineapple Salad. I also brought some strawberries and Creamy Fruit Dip on the side for those that might not want to try the fruit salad, a.k.a. my husband and son.

Bahia Fruit Salad - Pineapple and Melon Salsa or Fruit Salad based on the one served at Café Bahia in San Diego, CA.

Before I knew it, people were putting the Creamy Fruit Dip on the Bahia Fruit Salad!

A simple creamy fruit dip for fruit. Also good with graham crackers or animal crackers.

My brain screamed “noooooooo! that is for the strawberries!” Luckily I held my tongue, because everyone raved over it and wanted me to post the recipe. So, even though I didn’t plan it, there are now 3 ways to enjoy this recipe:

  1. as is for a slightly zippy fruit salad
  2. chopped up finer for a mild salsa
  3. with a creamy dressing kind of like Ambrosia
Bahia Fruit Salsa - melon and pineapple salsa - thatrecipe.com

Version #2, chopped up finer for a salsa

The original idea came from a magnificent side dish that used to be served at just about every meal at Café Bahia in San Diego: breakfast, barbecue night, Mexican food night, etc. Since they no longer make it, I had to recreate it. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but I think it is pretty darn good.

store bought fruit trayFor Sunday, I admit it, I got lazy.

I bought one of those pricey trays of cut up fruit instead of buying whole fruit and going to the effort of cutting it myself and having a fridge full of fruit. I had a coupon for $5 off a $15 produce purchase so that made it a little easier to swallow, tee hee! I just had to cut the pieces a little smaller, then add the red onion, cilantro and vinegar.

The salad went very well with the ham/lamb and potatoes on Easter Sunday and it would be a great compliment to any Barbecue or other Potluck. Or with a sandwich for lunch. Or a brunch. Or for dessert. Okay, it is good any time of day. With or without the creamy dressing.

As for the dip, it is good with just about any fruit as well as graham crackers or animal crackers too. And it literally whips up in less than a minute.

Bahia Fruit Salad or Salsa

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Dietary Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment, Fruit, Side Dish
Occasion Easter, Mother's Day, Spring Recipes, Summer
A melon and pineapple fruit salad (or salsa if fruit is cut smaller) based on a recipe served at Café Bahia.


  • 1 cup watermelon (cut in 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 cup honeydew melon (cut in 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 cup cantelope (cut in 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple (cut in 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 cup red onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar


You can mix this with Creamy Fruit Dip to make an Ambrosia Fruit Salad.


Combine all ingredients plus any juices leftover from cutting the fruit in a bowl and refrigerate at least one hour to allow flavors to blend.
Fruit Salad ingredients
To make this into a salsa, chop the fruit much smaller, 1/8 - 1/4 inch pieces.
Bahia Fruit Salsa - melon and pineapple salsa - thatrecipe.com

Creamy Fruit Dip

Prep time 1 minute
Meal type Dessert
A simple creamy fruit dip for fruit. Also good with graham crackers or animal crackers.


  • 8oz whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (more or less to taste based on the sweetness of the fruit)


Adjust the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of the fruit.


Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
cool whip and cream cheese in food processor - thatrecipe.com

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Until next time, happy eating.




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  1. Ma'am

    Thanks for recipe. Definitely will make.

  2. Lilah | www.NaturallyFrugalicious.com

    Oh I love the addition of the red onion in this fruit salad. Sounds so lovely and refreshing! Can’t wait to try it! Popping in from Wine’d Down Wednesday on Our Three Peas!
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  3. monicagupta

    lovely. Will make it soon

  4. Suzanne Lucas

    Well that sounds yummy. Some people have a natural talent for discovering new recipes. I’m not one of those people. I can burn water. Which is why I rely on those who know what they’re doing to help me discover new things.

    Have a great week!

  5. bel @ Mums Take Five

    How enticing! i love the idea of the Bahia Fruit Salad. Its sounds so good.
    Thanks for sharing and linking in for Sunday Brunch. Have a fabulous week. Bel x

  6. Hope @ Nanny Shecando

    I so know this feeling, when you take something along to a dinner party and the host serves it up wrong. You have this urge to keep quiet and just let it play out but at the same time you’re screaming on the inside like ‘no they’re ruining it’!! Anyhoo, this looks delicious and like a must try!
    Visiting from Mums Take Five Sunday Brunch. xx
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  7. Nikki @ The Kids Menu

    Yummy yummy fruit salad. Thanks to Mums take 5 for sending me your way, you blog looks great.

  8. Nic

    Oh I love fruit, especially fruit salad!
    Thanks for sharing with us for Sunday Brunch with Mums Take Five.

  9. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    I’ve never tried fruit salad like this before, I’m definitely intrigued! 🙂 So much so that I think I’ll give it a try soon!
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