Conch Salad is the Perfect Dish!

This Conch Salad Recipe is one of the best conch recipes we’ve tried.

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Conch Salad

An excellent salad with plenty of heat, spice and island tradition! It works as a main dish, snack or side. Excellent on a hot day!

The Conch Salad is a Bahamian staple. Go just about anywhere in the Bahamas or South Florida and you will find it on the menu.

It’s a robust recipe and explodes with flavor. It’s a great choice for groups and family get-togethers. We very seldom make this up unless we have friends over!

The conch in this recipe is actually cooked by the citrus acids from the limes and the oranges that are added.

I almost forgot. The Conch salad is perfect with ice tea or cold beer!

As with all recipes, experiment a little. Adjust the amounts to fit your taste! I like mine with a fair amount of heat added, but Ju prefers hers a little less spicy.

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Conch Salad Recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of uncooked conch
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • about 1 cup of diced celery
  • 3 medium chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 minced Scotch bonnet
  • 1 minced habanero pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • juice of 2 fresh limes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Preparation:

Put conch between 2 sheets of heavy duty plastic wrap

Beat conch into submission (till it’s about 1/4 to 1/2 in thick)

Dice conch into small 1/4 inch pieces

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well

Cover and place in fridge for at lest three hours. Overnight is wonderful

Serve chilled

Pairing:

Iced tea, ice cold Kalik (or beer of choice)!

FYI! Cool Conch Shell Trivia…

Uses for Conch Shells

  • The conch shell has been used as decorations
  • They are used to make cameos
  • They are used as planters
  • They have been used in building to replace bricks
  • They have been used as bulk in landfills
  • They are used as personal adornments and breat plates
  • They are used as musical instruments (horn)
  • They are used in jewelry making
  • In some African American and Caribbean cemeteries, conch shells are placed on graves
  • Broken shells have been imbedded in the tops of perimeter walls as security
  • Grenada fishermen use them as trumpets to announce fish for sale
  • Many musical bands are making the conch shell a main instrument

Courtesy of Wikipedia

 If you are a big fan of conch, be sure to take a look at this fried conch recipe!

 

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