Recipe: Conch Salad
There’s perhaps nothing as quintessentially Caribbean as conch and nothing as refreshing and delicious as fresh Bahamian conch salad on a hot and sunny day. This dish is colorful, bright, and full of flavor. One bite and you’ll be dreaming of the white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters of Nassau Paradise Island. Pair this recipe with some conch fritters and a classic Bahamian beverage and you’ve got an ideal meal for a Bahamian party! So until you can return to our sunny shores, bring the flavor of The Bahamas home with our conch salad recipe.
8 oz. Cleaned conch, diced
10 tbsp. Fresh lime juice
5 tbsp. Fresh orange juice
½ c. Diced tomato
¼ c. Diced onion
1 Cucumber peeled, seeded, and diced
½ c. Bell peppers, diced
2 Jalapeño peppers, minced (add a third for extra spice)
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours. (We find that the longer it marinates the more tender the conch and punchy the flavor). Serve and enjoy!
This authentic recipe is the best way to taste The Bahamas until you can visit, but conch can be hard to come by. Put your own spin on this recipe by substituting crab or shrimp. Add some extra ingredients—even in Nassau you’ll find tropical versions of conch salad with pineapple and mango. Play with the spice level, try some avocado for creaminess, cilantro or parsley for some herbaceous flavor…The world is your oyster, err, conch shell! Of course, when you visit us in Nassau Paradise Island you’ll have to try the real thing; there’s nothing quite like it! Start planning your Bahamas vacation and make sure you add The Fish Fry to your to-do list. Life is better in The Bahamas, and when it comes to refreshing seafood dishes, conch salad is just about the best!