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Jicama Mint Watermelon Salad

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 watermelon 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.


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  1. Rachel wrote on August 12, 2012

    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!

  2. Donnell Cameron wrote on August 8, 2012

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

    • Susan wrote on August 8, 2012

      You could try Asian pears. Cheers!

  3. Susan wrote on August 7, 2012

    Actually it is a savory salad…not a dessert. 🙂

  4. Nancy wrote on August 7, 2012

    Looks great and I want to try it.

  5. shlomit wrote on August 7, 2012

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

  6. Raw Food Betsy wrote on August 7, 2012

    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!

  7. Amanda wrote on August 6, 2012

    Beautiful! So creative!


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