• Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

    by Christin Mahrlig on June 17, 2014

    in Salads

    Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

    A patriotic Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad tossed with a minty dressing is perfect for a 4th of July BBQ or any summer picnic.

    The 4th of July is always full of lots of good eats, but with the weather often well into the 90′s, a cool, refreshing fruit salad to help you stay hydrated is almost a necessity.  I’ve used a combination of watermelon, strawberries (2 reds! I couldn’t choose between them), blueberries, and jicama.

    Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

    Jicama is a root vegetable native to Mexico that looks similar to a turnip. It’s flavor is very mild, with just a hint of sweetness and its texture is very crisp, almost like an apple. These days you can find it at most well stocked grocery stores, or at least that has been my experience. Although the selection is sometimes sub par.

    Jicama should be firm and not at all shriveled. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the thick outer skin. Sometimes a knife is easier. Cut it into thin strips and then small cubes. Store whole jicama the same way you would potatoes, in a cool, dark place.

    Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

    You can substitute apple or banana for the jicama if you wish. If you use banana I would add them into the salad as close to serving as possible . They will brown some and get mushy after a while.

    Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

     

    Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

    I toss the sliced strawberries with the sugar ahead of time to heighten their sweetness some. The rest of the fruit tastes plenty sweet to me already. You could just add the sugar to the overall fruit salad instead. A light dressing of honey, lime juice, and mint is added to heighten and compliment the flavors of the fruit. The amount of dressing I add is very small. If you want it to be more pronounced, try doubling the amount. I also add just a touch of chipotle chili powder. It’s not enough that you can really pick up on the taste, but I think it heightens the flavor a little. If you’re adventurous, try adding a little more. Heat from some spice can be a nice contrast to the sweetness of fruit.

    To serve a crowd, double or triple the recipe.

    Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

    Red, White, and Blue is a festive, fun, and healthy way to balance those burgers and hot dogs. One bite and you’ll be eager for more.

    Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

    Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad
     
    A light and refreshing Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad tossed with a minty honey-lime dressing.
    Recipe type: Salad
    Serves: 8
    Ingredients
    • 4 cups sliced strawberries
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 2 cups blueberries
    • 2 cups diced watermelon
    • 1 cup diced jicama
    • 1½ tablespoons lime juice
    • 1½ tablespoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon minced mint
    • ⅛ teaspoon chipotle chili powder (optional)
    Instructions
    1. Place strawberries in a large bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Toss to coat.
    2. Add blueberries, watermelon, and jicama.
    3. In a small bowl ,stir together lime juice, honey, mint, and chili powder. Pour over fruit and toss to coat.

     

     

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    Deb July 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Fantastic salad. On short notice I needed a salad for a friend’s 4th of July wedding reception. This fit the bill perfectly. I quadrupled the recipe and nothing was left. I had a gentleman I didn’t know asked for the recipe. I directed him to this site. This is the first time I have ever worked with Jicama, but not the last.

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    Christin Mahrlig July 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Jicama is wonderful isn’t it? Especially during the summer with its light flavor and fabulous crunch. So glad you enjoyed the salad Deb. It must have looked beautiful and festive at the wedding recption.

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    Laura Dembowski June 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I can happily eat my weight in fruit. It’s just the best. This sounds great with the dressing too!

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    Amy @ The Blond Cook June 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    What a beautiful salad… perfect for the Fourth of July!!!

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    dina June 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    great healthy dish for the holiday!

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven June 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    This salad is just gorgeous! I know what I’m making for the 4th of July! :D Stunning photos! Pinned.

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods June 19, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I remember the first time I saw jicama. It was this big root thing and my friend was prepping it for a fruit salad. I thought it was a potato so it was totally bizarre…until I got a taste. Now, I love that stuff. This salad looks beautiful and perfect for 4th of July.

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    Monet June 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    A gorgeous, festive, and healthy fruit salad. Perfect!

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain June 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    What a gorgeous fruit salad! I’ve never had jicama before, but from the way you described it I bet it pairs splendidly with the rest of the berries. I’ll be trying this this summer for sure. :D

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    Matt @ Runner Savvy June 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Yum!

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    Suzanne June 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Beautiful salad and and I love jicama!!

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    Kelly June 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    What a beautiful salad Christin! I am a sucker for fresh fruit and these look delicious! So fun and festive and the jicama is such a great addition :)

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    Ashley June 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I have been buying fruit like it is going out of style lately! haha the only thing I don’t have right now is the jicama! This looks awesome – and I love that little hint of the chipotle chili powder.

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    whatjessicabakednext June 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    This salad looks amazing! Love the colours, perfectly festive too! :)

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    Jessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com June 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Your photos are stunning today!

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    Christin Mahrlig June 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you Jessica ! :)

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    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely June 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This will be so perfect for 4th of July Christin! I was trying to guess what the “white” was. I was thinking maybe big hunks of coconut? But jicama is an even better idea! Love that you added mint, lime juice and honey too. Sounds mighty tasty : )

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    Christin Mahrlig June 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Oooh! I think big hunks of coconut sound good! Didn’t think of that!

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    ela@GrayApron June 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I tell you, a glass of prosecco, your salad and I’m in heaven…or on my balcony…

    ela h.

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

    How fun and festive is this salad? I want this on my fourth of July now!

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    Cailee @ hellohealthyeating.com June 18, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This looks so wonderful!! It’s so pretty and healthy! This is so perfect for the 4th of July! Talk about patriotic!! So nice :)

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) June 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I like the idea of adding the jicama to give crunch to your tasty fruit salad.

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice June 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

    What a beautiful fruit salad, Christin! Absolutely perfect for the 4th! Pinned!

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    Consuelo - Honey & Figs June 18, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Awh this is such a fun salad, Christin! Perfect for the 4th of July indeed!
    That spicy dressing sounds wonderful to me :)

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    Pat June 18, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Christin, that is beautiful…..I have a recipe that is almost identical only with cantalope. Yours is prettier. :)

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    Medeja June 18, 2014 at 1:09 am

    One of the best desserts for summer! Delicious and easy to prepare :)

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    marcie June 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I love anything red, white, and blue — the colors just pop — sort of like a firecracker. haha This is such a pretty salad, Christin, and jicama is such a great addition! That chipotle powder would be such a pleasant surprise if you weren’t expecting it. :)

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks June 17, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Oh wow, this is such a great salad. I just want to take a huge bite out of it! I really like the mint (I’m a huge mint lover!) and the addition of the chipotle powder. YUM! :)

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor June 17, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Seriously gorgeous salad, Christin! Love the addition of the diced jicama!

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