Watermelon Jicama Salsa

It's important to stay hydrated in this extreme summer heat, and eating watermelon is a delicious, healthy way to do just that. Though not surprisingly high in sugar, watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamins A (healthy eyes), B6 (used to make serotonin, melatonin and dopamine) and C (strong immune system). It's also the highest fruit or vegetable source of lycopene - even higher than tomatoes! Try some in this Watermelon Jicama Salsa.


  • 3 cups chopped seeded watermelon (1/4-inch pieces), drained well
  • 1/2 cup jicama strips (peel jicama, then cut into 1x1/8-inch strips)
  • 3 green onions (including green tops), cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • juice of 1 large lime (2 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced yellow bell pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons finely diced fresh jalapeƱo pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon zest
  • salt and pepper


Combine all ingredients in non-reactive mixing bowl. Stir gently to mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let flavors blend. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Makes 1 quart

Recipe compliments of Jerry Till

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