Sweet, Salty, and Spicy Watermelon Refresher

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
2012 Side Dish Smackdown Winner: Best Surprise

Yield:

Makes 10 to 12 servings

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 50 Minutes

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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.

Note:

Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California,

June 2012