What is conch salad?

Conch is a sea snail that is enjoyed as a delicacy all over the Bahamas. One of the most popular ways to eat it is raw in a salad form and this  dish is one of my favourite foods. I love my conch salad really spicy and with lots of lime and orange juice. I named this blog after the salad because it’s made up of a bunch of different things, the way this blog is a collection of random food and life happenins this summer. Plus, it’s an homage to my homeland and all the foods I’m missing out on this summer. I’m interning in DC for a non-profit organisation, the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project. Although my work is really cool, I won’t have a chance to go home. Who knows though, maybe I’ll attempt some Bahamian food feats while I’m here and bring a little of home to me :)

Here’s a recipe. It’s so simple! The hardest ingredient to come by is the actual conch….and since it makes the entire dish, I can’t have any here :(

1 lb. conch
1 med. onion
1 green pepper
1 tomato
Juice of 4 limes or lemons
Juice of 2 oranges
salt to taste
bird/goat pepper (or I guess you could use whatever kind of fresh pepper you have on hand)

Dice all of the vegetables and mix them together. Chop the conch into bite sized pieces and add them to the vegetables. Dice the peppers and add those to the mix along with the salt. Squeeze over the juice from the limes and the oranges. Dice up the pepper and sprinkle it on top. Toss everything together, taste it to see if you’d like to add anymore citrus, salt or pepper, and you’re good to go!

This man is preparing a ton of conch salad

photo credit goes to Abaco Escape at http://www.motuiti.com/ConchSalad.html


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