Inspired by the classic mojito cocktail, this festive and healthy fruit salad gets zing from rum, lime and mint. The optional piment d'Espelette--a sweet, spicy ground pepper from the Basque region of France--adds a hint of heat that's a nice contrast to the sweet fruit. Look for this spice at specialty stores, well-stocked markets or online. You could also swap in chile-lime seasoning blend (such as Tajín) for a similar subtle kick or omit the spice altogether. Feel free to skip the rum if you prefer an alcohol-free salad. With or without the rum, this salad has summertime backyard BBQ written all over it. Source:, August 2019

Carolyn Casner



  • Combine rum, lime zest, lime juice, salt and piment d'Espelette (if using) in a large bowl. Add watermelon, blueberries and mint; toss to coat. Let stand for at least 10 minutes (or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours). Stir before serving.



To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

68 calories; 0.3 g total fat; 51 mg sodium. 211 mg potassium; 15.7 g carbohydrates; 1.6 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 1.3 g protein; 1034 IU vitamin a iu; 17 mg vitamin c; 10 mcg folate; 21 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 19 mg magnesium;