Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

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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34 thoughts on “Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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 : )

  6. 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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