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Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Watermelon Refresher

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 50 mins
Yield Makes 10 to 12 servings
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  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 jalapeño or 2 serrano peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 small seedless watermelon
  • 1 small cantaloupe
  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 1 jicama
  • 2 mangoes

How to Make It

  1. Combine lime juice and next 5 ingredients.

  2. Place red onion, cilantro, and mint in a large bowl. Dice watermelon and cantaloupe into 1-inch pieces; add to bowl. Peel and dice cucumbers, jicama, and mangoes; add to bowl. Stir in lime juice mixture. Cover and chill 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.