My family and I escaped to the Bahamas for a few days of sun and fun late last week. We went to Atlantis, and had an absolutely terrific time.

The best meal of the trip (by far!) was at Nobu, conveniently located in the hotel. A dish I really enjoyed at a few other eateries there, though, was Bahamian conch salad.

Conch is a mollusk common to Bahamian waters. It is often fried, but healthier ways to serve it are in a chowder or a ceviche-like salad. When I got home and researched different conch salad recipes, I found that there are many ways to prepare it. It is quite spicy and usually contains lots of citrus juice: tomatoes, cucumber, celery, and green pepper generally make an appearance, as well.

I purchased some (frozen and par-cooked) conch at my local fish market and set about creating my own variation. If you can’t find conch, you could use sustainable scallops or shrimp, pre-cooked a bit if you like, in this recipe.

Conch Salad

Recipe for Conch Salad

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cups bite-sized conch pieces
juice from 4 limes, plus additional lime juice to taste
1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, minced
1/2 ripe avocado, diced
2 medium Belgian endives, trimmed and sliced thin (or use chopped tomato, cucumber, celery, green pepper or a combination)
1 hot red chile pepper, minced (seed the pepper if you don't want the salad to be too spicy)
olive oil
coarse sea salt

Directions:

1. Place the conch pieces and lime juice in a non-reactive bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.

2. Drain the conch well and discard the lime juice.

3. Add the cilantro, avocado, sliced endive, and the chile pepper, along with the additional lime juice, to the marinated conch.

4. Refrigerate for a few hours, if possible. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt before serving.

Conch Salad

 

11 Comments

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    Roxan — December 9, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

    Ah, Nobu, is that the same one we can find here in the states? I’ve been to the one in Vegas and thought it was just ok, so I’m glad to see that it seems you had a pleasant experience there. And conch – that makes me chuckle. Whenever I hear ‘conch’ it reminds me of Lord of the Flies. Remember that book?

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    Oui, Chef — December 9, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    Atlantis, huh? My boys and I go every year when school gets out, just us guys, and have a blast. First time we went I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, it’s just so huge and busy, but Aquaventure, ocean diving and great food keeps us going back. We usually have to get rolled out of Nobu because we’ve all eaten too much. The Creamy Spicy Shrimp is a favorite. Sorry to see that you didn’t advance in the FoodBuzz competition, but am so impressed with how far you got. It must have been fun to hang in the sunshine without worrying about your next post. Congratulations on doing as well as you did, and have a delicious Holiday Season! – S

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    kerry — December 9, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    I *love* that you set about creating your own conch salad. Makes me want conch! And I love that you liked nobu. i’ve only been to the one in miami but figured it had to be too big for its britches–because it’s so international and everywhere, and i was surprised at how good it was, how delicious the fish was, and also how they managed to somehow make cocktails that i still remember enjoying. and i live in cocktail-city-overkill: NYC.

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    Pure2raw twins — December 9, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    Bahamas is one place I would love to go. Your pictures are great! Really makes me wish I was playing in the sun and not sitting inside cold : (

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    peggy — December 9, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    It looks like you guys had a great vacation! Glad to know you’re back safely! I’ve never had conch before but have really been curious to try it!

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    drbabs — December 10, 2010 @ 5:08 am

    Welcome back, Winnie! I’m so happy that you had a great time. It was great to meet you and your dad at the Piglet party, and I hope we get to catch up with each other in person again soon.

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    Jason Phelps — December 10, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    I love that I knew exactly where you went as the first picture loaded, and not from the commercials. My wife and I went there in 1999 and had a very relaxing, but also a fun, crazy and tasty stay!

    Everyone looks to have had a great time.

    My wife and I love island food and spend some time in Jamaica every few years. The fresh seafood options are so much fun.

    Jason

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    Liz the Chef — December 10, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    Lovely family, lovely recipe – will try with scallops this weekend! Welcome home -

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    Monet — December 11, 2010 @ 12:48 am

    This salad looks so fresh, flavorful and healthy. I can’t wait to give this a try. I’ve had conch a few times, and I always enjoy the flavor of island food. It seems like your sweet family had an amazing trip. I loved seeing all of your pictures. You are all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing sweet woman. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Meagan — December 12, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    My favorite shot is the hibiscus. I’m glad you had fun (and good food :)

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