The 4th of July is a time for patriotic parades, fireworks, and celebrating our nation’s independence. It is also the perfect opportunity to enjoy some watermelon blueberry salad, all the healthy summer fruits!
This easy-to-make recipe includes only three ingredients: watermelon, jicama, and blueberries. These delicious ingredients are on-trend this summer and easy to find in any grocery store. A red, white, and blue salad that is going to be a star of the dinner table.
Whether you’re looking for delicious food ideas or want to celebrate America’s birthday in style (or both!), give this recipe a try! It’s a healthy, refreshing option for a hot summer celebration.
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Why is watermelon so popular in the summer?
Watermelon is the fourth most popular summertime fruit in America. It has many health benefits and is loaded with water. It helps replenish the body after a day in the heat, giving us that all-important energy boost!
Some people call it nature’s Gatorade because of its electrolyte properties. The water in the fruit is naturally refreshing, hydrating and its own version of a thirst-quenching beverage.
Watermelon is also high in vitamin C and lycopene, an antioxidant that’s been associated with a lower risk of cancer. Talk about an easy way to get in some healthy nutrients this summer!
Why This Watermelon Blueberry Salad Is A Must Make
- A delicious way to use up ripe watermelon.
- A red, white, and blue dessert that kids and adults can enjoy.
- Easy to make.
- No Cooking required.
- Simple ingredients.
- Great for summer cookouts, weeknight desserts, and more.
What Do I Need to Make This Watermelon Salad
- Maple Syrup
How to Make
- Start by cutting your watermelon and jicama into sticks. Aim to cut them in the same thickness so that you can shape them into the bowl like I did to look like an American flag.
- Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to make the jicama into stars, you will leave some in sticks and some for the stars.
- Now begin layering a red layer, then white jicama, and repeat. Then in the top left corner do the blueberries, and top with a few jicama stars.
Drizzle with maple syrup right before serving and enjoy!
If you do not eat all your watermelon fruit salad right away, you can store any leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. If you drizzle with syrup, it will break down the fruit, and the storage life will be shorter.
Make sure the fruit is tightly covered. You can make this a day in advance on when you plan to serve if you want to serve up for a party.
Optional toppings for watermelon Fruit salad
On its own, this dish is a healthy and delicious option for any 4th of July party or gathering. There are a few ways to add a unique flavor to the salad that you’ll want to try.
- Drizzle a touch of maple syrup or honey over the top of the salad.
- Crumble feta cheese over the blueberries to add a rich flavor and to look like stars.
- Put a dollop of whipped cream on the top to serve the fruit salad as a dessert.
The end result is a healthy portion of fruit paired with a yummy topping that, added together, makes a soon-to-be favorite patriotic salad. This dish works well as part of an appetizer spread during the day and also can serve as dessert when served alongside other desserts like ice cream or red, white, and blue cupcakes.
Now that you know how to make this watermelon, jicama, and blueberry salad recipe with all of these different options for toppings on the table, you’ll be ready to serve up a tasty dish for your family or friends at any time!
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Jicama’s name comes from an Aztec word and translates to “root vegetables.” Jicamas are a type of American squash which grows naturally during the summer months when it’s hot outside, so it pairs well with watermelon.
Jicama is a sweet vegetable that provides energy and nutrients. It can be eaten raw, boiled, or fried in the same way as potatoes.
The jicama root has been used for centuries by people living in Latin America to make water-based drinks with medicinal properties; these benefits are likely due to its high vitamin C content (compared to other vegetables).
This watermelon salad is vegan and a great breakfast, dessert, or snack. All-natural ingredients and the maple syrup is vegan friendly.
Here are a few pointers on how to pick a ripe and fresh watermelon. Nothing is worse than coming home to an unripe watermelon.
Pick up the watermelon and buy a watermelon that is heavy for its size. I like to pick up a handful to really gauge which feels heaviest.
Next you will look for the field spot. This is a yellow-brown spot where the vine was. This means it was ripened on the field. Without this spot it means your watermelon could be under-ripe.
Honey or agave can be swapped for the maple syrup in this recipe. You will find using a syrup over a granulated sugar, offers the right texture. Granulated sugar would leave a sugar crystal crunch that won’t taste that appealing when eating.
No, you can’t freeze watermelon as it will become very mushy and soft in texture. It is not recommended to freeze watermelon. So, only plan to make enough to eat, and store for a few days.
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Fourth of July Watermelon Blueberry Salad
- 5 cups (760 g) Watermelon
- 4 ½ cups (585 g) Jicama
- 7 oz (198 ½ g) Blueberries
- 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) Maple Syrup – Dressing Optional
- How to cut watermelon for fruit salad is a bit different for this recipe. The goal is to cut the watermelon into thin stick pieces to represent the stripes on Old Glory.
- Next, set aside enough jicama to use for stars, then cut the jicama into thin pieces that match the size and shape of the watermelon pieces.
- Using a cookie cutter or knife, cut the extra jicama into star shapes.
- Wash the blueberries and pat them dry.
- Arrange all of the ingredients together in a bowl to resemble an American flag in a bowl or in a large serving dish.