Appetizers/ Dinner

Morelian Gazpacho

About 4 years ago, we went on a trip to Mexico to visit my brother and his girlfriend who were living there and to attend Greg’s cousin’s wedding. We had a wonderful time and would love to go back someday. The highlights were spending time with family, seeing some amazing cities with beautiful cathedrals, seeing the monarch butterfly reserves, and attending a fabulous wedding. I may have to convince Greg to post some of his photos.

On the way from Guadalajara to Tepotzlan, we stopped in Morelia for several days. This city is absolutely beautiful. I read in one of our guide books about the fresh fruit vendors found in the area behind the Cathedral and that they served “gazpacho.” Not the cold tomato soup, but fresh chopped fruit. It was amazing. I’m so glad we found it (on the last day I think, or I would have gone back).

One of the most difficult parts of this recipe is having all the fruit ripe at the same time. That and finding jicama at our grocery store (I didn’t, we stopped at Whole Foods). Also, I believe they sprinkled the top with queso fresco, but I wasn’t a fan of it. I read somewhere you could try feta, but I think I would skip cheese altogether.

2 cups mango, cubed
2 cups pineapple, cubed
1/2 cup jicama, diced
juice from 1 lime
juice from 1 orange
chili powder

Chop up fruit. Add juice. Mix. Serve in bowls, then sprinkle with chili powder.

Morelian Gazpacho

Morelian Gazpacho

Greg’s Comments: Yes, that was a great trip! Well, except for trying to score a taxi ride from the Mexico City Bus Station to Tepotzlan while speaking basically no Spanish. That was unsettling. And then our taxi driver obviously refused to take the toll roads and it just took forever! But it was all worth it in the end. I’ll never forget our visit to the Butterfly Sanctuary, just amazing! The people, architecture, and culture of the places we visited were just a joy.

Yes dear, here are a few pics from the trip:

El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary

It's raining butterflies!

Produce at Guadalajara market

Melissa was a little jealous of all the fresh produce at the local market


Local man working on Janitzio Island

children playing hoops

Local children playing hoops

Morelian Cathedral

One of many breathtaking cathedrals, this one in Morelia

A mural in Morelia

A mural in Morelia...there was amazing architecture and visuals everywhere


The town of Patzcuaro

Group in Tepotzlan

The people were fantastic, this group happily posed for a picture

Wedding in Tepotzlan

A Mexican-Jewish Wedding in Tepotzlan, a great finale to the trip

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  • warren
    April 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Yumm! The best part of Mexico is definitely the food. You could pick up any of these fruits and many others without walking far enough to burn off the calories. Fruit with lime and chile is a classic Mexican snack that you can pick up just about anywhere. Personally, I like the big cups with long spears of fruit.

  • Mexico Lover
    November 1, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Sounds awesome! I just came back from mexico last month and find myself addicted to these incredible enchilada recipes now!! Must go back next year sometime, I suppose, and this time head off the beaten track a little. Looking to reading more!