The Bahamian Conch Salad

Let’s talk about traditional Bahamian food.  The Bahamas is famous for their conch salad.  You are probably thinking what is conch.  Well, conch is a shell-fish.  Basically, the “meat” is inside a shell. The meat is tender and savory which can be eaten raw.  Now you know what is a conch.  Let me tell you about the conch salad.   During my weekend getaway to The Bahamas, I had a conch salad every day.  I must have died and gone to heaven about three times.

The conchs are caught fresh every day.  Whatever you do, don’t ever eat conch that is in a can and/or frozen.   You basically lose the flavor and freshness.  Any who, when you order a conch salad, it is made right in front of you by the locals.  There are two types of conch – tropical which include fruits and the original.   You can’t go wrong with either one of them.

The conch salad ingredients are:

  • Diced onions
  • Diced green peppers
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced Mango and pineapple (Tropical conch)
  • Diced conch

If you like spicy food, you add pepper and I am not talking about black pepper.  I am talking about the pepper that will clear up your sinuses.  You add a dash of salt.   You then squeeze fresh limes (not lemon) — lime.  For the tropical, you also squeeze fresh oranges as well.   Everything is mixed together on the counter.

There is no big bowl for tossing.  Nope, the preparer is massaging all the juices and ingredients together.

When it is all done, the conch salad is placed in a plastic bowl or container with a spoon.  You just walk away with a big grin and go to your corner and eat.

Lastly, sharing is not an option.  Yummy and oh so good.

24 Responses so far.

  1. robin rue says:

    When I was in Key West, I had a conch fritter and it was good. I am very interested in trying it in a salad now.

  2. Jay Colby says:

    I’m going to have to try this. I love salads and this sounds like such a tasty one.

  3. This looks so good and refreshing! I’m adding it to my “must try” recipe list for summer!

  4. GiGi Eats says:

    OMG GIVE ME SOME OF THAT SALAD!! I friggin’ love conch and haven’t had it in forever. Also, this salad looks so FRESH and so CLEAN!!

  5. Amber Myers says:

    How interesting. I’ve never tried anything like this but I certainly would. It looks delicious!

  6. Claudia Krusch says:

    I am always looking for new recipes to try. This Conch salad looks so delicious and easy to make. I would love to give it a try.

  7. Wow now that looks like one fresh salad, especially as it has conch. What a great insight into Bahamian cuisine x

  8. Jessica Taylor says:

    I love how fresh this looks! I bet it is amazing!

  9. Muna Kenny says:

    Wo! This guy is serious. Cutting all the veggies with such a big knife. Looks delicious!

  10. Ali Rost says:

    What a wonderful looking salad! Colorful, healthy and delicious. Although I must say .. that’s one heck of a knife he has for cutting it all up. Yikes! x

  11. VanessaCM says:

    Now that high temperatures are here, something like this would be very refreshing to eat.

  12. Akamatra says:

    I used to love shell food when my father caught it for us as kids. This looks yum!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Your face says it all. I have tried conch from the keys but your salad with tropical ingredients sounds amazing. Buen provecho!

  14. Rosey says:

    This is right up my alley. I’d love it, and yes please to the sinus clearing pepper addition. 🙂

  15. Elizabeth O. says:

    I love it! It’s fresh and refreshing, I dig salads like this. It’s easy to make and it’s easy to eat as well. I don’t think I’ve had this before but I sure would love try it.

  16. Jackie says:

    That actually looks and sounds so good. I think my moms side of the family has something like this but I forgot what it’s called. Must be a yummy treat and I know when something is so good you hate to share.

  17. Anosa says:

    I have never tried this salad before and I will look forward to get a taste of this. Hopefully very very soon!

  18. Jacqui Odell says:

    This sounds so yummy and refreshing! Perfect for cook outs.

  19. Omg now this salad sounds absolutely delicious!!! I definitely need to try one.. so yummy!

  20. This salad looks so good. I will have to make this.

  21. Megan says:

    This salad looks so fresh and colorful! The perfect salad to take on the beach!

  22. sarah says:

    I am not into a salad but this one looks delicious.

  23. AQ says:

    What a great post! I loved the photos as well. I’m definitely trying this out.

  24. MJ says:

    Love that mangoes and pineapples are included. Must be delicious!
    XO, MJ
    http://www.lush-fab-glam.com

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