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

68 calories; protein 1.3g; carbohydrates 15.7g; dietary fiber 1.6g; sugars 12g; fat 0.3g; vitamin a iu 1034IU; vitamin c 17.3mg; folate 10.4mcg; calcium 21.4mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 19.4mg; potassium 211.2mg; sodium 51.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Love this recipe. How can you not like watermelon blueberries and a mojito? Easy to make but we scaled it down for the two of us. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious refreshing and beautiful summer salad even without the rum and Espelette! Read More