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.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, August 2019


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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

67.8 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 15.7g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.6g 6% DV; sugars 12g; fat 0.3g 1% DV; saturated fatg; vitamin a iu 1034IU 21% DV; vitamin c 17.3mg 29% DV; folate 10.4mcg 3% DV; calcium 21.4mg 2% DV; iron 0.9mg 5% DV; magnesium 19.4mg 7% DV; potassium 211.2mg 6% DV; sodium 51.5mg 2% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV.

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This is one of the most refreshing and delicious fruit salads I have ever made. It's pretty too -- perfect for a July 4th party. Read More