June 5th, 2016
My husband and I used to go to the basketball games at the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University, which is just a couple of miles from our home. There were always a lot of vendors selling food in there, and you could get all kinds of things like Cougar dogs, Mexican food, pizza, Cougar tails (a very long maple bar doughnut), and more.
At one point, there was a man selling what he called “Irish tacos,” and he had a bunch of his grandchildren helping him to assemble them. I’m not sure what it was about the tacos that made them Irish, but when I ordered one, the thing that really caught my attention was the fruit salad they served with it. It was sweet and creamy and different from any fruit salad I had ever had before.
So the next time we went to a basketball game, I went back to get another Irish taco, but mainly because I wanted more of that fruit salad. I told the man how much I liked it, and he mentioned that he used Mexican vanilla in it. I decided I was going to try to figure out what else was in it, so while I watched the game and ate my salad, I was making a mental note of the ingredients—strawberries, blackberries, grapes, mandarin oranges, and a whipped cream sauce. I ordered some Mexican vanilla and used it in my first attempt to make the salad at home. My first attempt was a success, and I think my version is pretty close to what I had at the games, but I honestly couldn’t tell a difference between the Mexican vanilla and regular vanilla. When I make this salad, I just use regular vanilla, but if you are one of those people who thinks Mexican vanilla is a lot better, by all means, use it!
A Winner Dinners Original Recipe/Inspired by the Irish Tacos Vendor at BYU
1 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 ounces blackberries
1 pound strawberries, thickly sliced
2 (15-ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
1-1/2 cups seedless green grapes, halved
In a large bowl, whip the cream while gradually adding the granulated sugar. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat again until well combined. Carefully mix in all of the fruit.