Watermelon Jicama Mint Salad

by Susan on August 6, 2012

Last weekend, I threw together an impromptu dinner some dear friends. The menu was mostly raw food. A wonderful corn and avocado salsa topped black bean burgers that were nested in butter lettuce. I wanted to make a quick savory watermelon salad but who knew it would end up the star of the meal! 

When I create a new raw food recipe, I try to start with  something I have on hand. That becomes the main ingredient and I add other flavors until I get the recipe just right. Balancing interesting flavors and textures is my passion. It’s like a dance. A pinch of this, a dash of that, and in the end,  you have a balanced, tasty dish with flavor that explodes in your mouth. This simple salad accomplishes just that.  

When I started this salad, I had planned to add more ingredients. But after the addition of jicama, mint, onion and Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper, the salad was perfect. The best moment of the evening was when my guests, with skepticism about a dish that had watermelon and onions in it, did a double take. They loved it and you will too!

This salad is easy to throw together and has a taste that is unbelievably fresh. It is a must for your summer recipes. Watermelon is one of those foods that we take for granted but did you know it is a nutritional powerhouse? It is higher in lycopene than tomatoes and packed with other antioxidants. To read more about the health benefits of watermelon click here: Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade.

 Watermelon Jicama Mint Salad

  • 6 cups cubed watermelon (I did a 1″ cube)
  • 2 cups diced jicama (1/4 inch dice)
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • Himalayan Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1. Combine all ingredients. Let sit in the refrigerator for a bit to let the flavors meld before serving. 
*Serves 4-6

 

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Amanda August 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Beautiful! So creative!

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Raw Food Betsy August 7, 2012 at 12:01 am

How wonderful jicama is in a salad! And how funny of a coincidence it is that I just posted “Jicama Cucumber Salad with Lime” on my raw food website today. Susan, I love your website, your recipes, and your food photography. You are my “go-to” raw food site for inspiration and recipes. Thank you for all your hard work and gifted talents!

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shlomit August 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

what can you use instead of jicama as we dont get it here

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

that looks wonderful! i love the flavor combo!

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Nancy August 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Looks great and I want to try it.

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Susan August 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Actually it is a savory salad…not a dessert. :-)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Stunning, Susan! Just saw it on FG and I want to make it, asap!

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Donnell Cameron August 8, 2012 at 4:42 am

Hi, this watermelon salad sounds amazing! sadly we don’t get jicama here, what can I use instead?

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Susan August 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

You could try Asian pears. Cheers!

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Rachel August 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

This looks so delicious! I’ve got tons of watermelon just sitting in my fridge and mint growing like crazy…I’ll have to make this ASAP! Thanks for posting!

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Charlene Austin August 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I found your website as I’m looking for raw recipes but the very first thought I had was HOLY “beep” the photography is STUNNING. Wow! I know I’m going to love your blog do thank you in advance.

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Scott Jackson August 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

That looks like a great recipe. I wonder how it would taste with some strawberries thrown in? I make a watermelon strawberry juice and it tastes wonderful. I bet this would taste great with some added to it. Have you tried cubed raw yams or sweet potatoes? That would still give you some crunch and add some great nutrients from the sweet potatoes. You could cube them or you could cut them into thin strips. So many variations on a great recipe! I love it and thank you for sharing!

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Angela@veggievinyasa August 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

The flavor combo sounds amazing! I nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award.
Keep up the inspiring posts!

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Anton August 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

Im crazy about watermelon! Combination is nice.

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Elizabeth August 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm

This was really good. I made it at preschool and the kids loved it. I kept thinking it would have been so nice with cucumber. Have you ever tried cucumber?
Thanks for your beautiful site. I read it religiously!!!

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Susmitha - Veganosaurus September 3, 2012 at 2:25 am

This looks so very refreshing and delicious! I can just feel the crunch of the jicama and watermelon in my mouth. Yum!

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PICO SORIANO September 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

YUMMMM

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