Recipe Spotlight: Fruit Salad with Jicama

Fruit salad make the perfect addition to a late-summer barbeque.  The sweet, juicy flavors of fresh fruit can be eaten as a side dish, a dessert, and even part of breakfast in the morning.  Creating fruit salad in the kitchen is a great way to let kids try new fruits.

Try a tropical fruit salad with jicama, mango, kiwi, papaya, and watermelon. Some of these fruits may not be familiar to your children.  Let your child help prepare them in the kitchen and they are more likely to give the new fruits a try.  Let your child help wash and mix the fruit together, checking out the different textures and smells.

Fruit Salad with Jicama
Serves: 6

1 jicama, washed and sliced in thin strips
2 cups watermelon or cantaloupe, cut in cubes
1 mango, washed, peeled and cut in cubes
1 papaya, washed, peeled and seeded, cut in cubes
1 kiwi, washed, peeled and cut in cubes
1/2 lime, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder

  1. Add fruit to large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the lime juice over the fruit.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the salt and chili powder.  Sprinkle mixture over fruit.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Gather all of your ingredients!
Peel the jicama and then cut into thin strips.

Peel the kiwi and cut into cubes.

Remove the seeds from the papaya, peel and cut into cube pieces.

Cut watermelon in half and then cut cube pieces.
Cut mango in half, remove the pit and cut into cube pieces.

Add cut up fruit into one large bowl.
 Now it's time to add the additional ingredients to the salad.
Squeeze juice from 1/2 lime onto fruit.
In a small bowl, mix together salt and chili powder.  Sprinkle on bowl of fruit.
Place in the refrigerator until chilled!


  1. The health benefits of Jicama attributes to its naturally packed, unique blend of phytonutrients, minerals, nutrients, dietary fiber, and other essential organic compounds required by the body. More Info:


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