You will love this new and refreshing Watermelon Jicama Salad recipe!
Summers and salads go hand in hand. After all, only salads can do full justification to the abundant summer produce. Keeping in mind the variety of hydrating fruits available in summer. Today I have come up with a vegan, plant-based, easy and healthy salad – the Watermelon Jicama Salad recipe.
This watermelon salad with cilantro is refreshingly delicious and the perfect snack for summers. Before we start with how to prepare a healthy watermelon jicama salad, let’s understand first the importance of staying hydrated in summers and other seasons.
Importance of Staying Hydrated
Drinking enough water every day is the best way to keep ourselves hydrated. But simply drinking water can get boring. Which is why we need to look out for other ways to keep up the water levels in our bodies. Salads and juices are a perfect way out – they’re not only full of rich nutrients but refreshing and tasty too.
Why exactly do we need to keep ourselves hydrated?
Simply because the human body is made up of 73% of water. To ensure our bodies function well, we need to replenish them with water every now and then. It helps regulate the body temperature, lubricates joints, enhances organ functions, and delivers nutrition to cells.
Lack of water in the body can result in disturbed sleep. You may also end up feeling low and depressed – and the cause could be nothing but lack of hydration. Accumulation of toxins in the body is another consequence of a lack of hydration in the body. A whole lot of digestive ailments are linked only to a lack of water.
We need to understand that drinking sodas and other artificially-sweetened beverages does not amount to hydration of the body. Naturally made, fresh fruit juices and salads are what actually count. And that’s why I have chosen watermelon and jicama in today’s easy watermelon salad recipe. While the benefits of watermelon are widely known, let’s talk a little about jicama today.
Benefits of Jicama
Jicama looks like a potato and tastes like an apple. It is interesting to note that jicama is way larger in size than a potato and less sweet than an apple! Even though they grow up to 50 pounds in size, the smaller ones are the best ones to consume. They’re 85% water, which explains why it is super hydrating.
Jicama is perfect for staying hydrated for longer hours, especially during summers. It is also fiber-packed and helps get rid of digestive ailments too. Rich in vital minerals such as C and B6, Jicama is loaded with ample antioxidants too. All in all, it’s the perfect addition to the watermelon salad without feta!
Now that we are well-versed with the ingredients, let’s get started with the watermelon salad recipe:
- 2 cups watermelon peeled and sliced
- 2 cups jicama peeled and sliced
- 1 avocado peeled, seeded and sliced
- 8 cup mixed greens washed
- 2 cups cilantro washed
For the Dressing
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 Medjool Date optional
- Place all the dressing ingredients on a high-speed blender and blend until you have a sauce consistency.
- In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients.
- Toss with the dressing.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!