Summer Celebration Fruit Bowls

Lime juice and fresh mint enhance the flavors of juicy summer produce without masking their luscious natural goodness in these summer celebration fruit bowls served in hollowed-out melon shells. For a subtle hit of spice, try sprinkling the fruit with Tajin seasoning, an addictive Mexican-style blend of chili, salt, and dehydrated lime juice. If you don’t have Tajin, try your favorite blend of chili powder.

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By Darshana Thacker Wendel,


  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 pound jicama, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice (5 cups)
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and cut into ½-inch dice (2 cups)
  • 2 cups strawberries, trimmed
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ pinch Tajin Seasoning or chili powder for dusting (optional)


  • Cut the watermelon in half, and use a melon baller to scoop out about 7 cups of melon balls. Next, scoop out the melon scraps and clean the watermelon halves. Cut a small slice off the base of each half so they can stand upright as serving bowls.
  • Cut the cantaloupe in half; scoop out the seeds. Use a melon baller to scoop out the cantaloupe into balls. Clean the inside of the cantaloupe shells, and slice off the base so they can stand as serving bowls.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the melon balls, jicama, cucumber, strawberries, mint, and lime juice; toss well.
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared melon bowls, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Before serving, lightly sprinkle Tajin or chili powder (if using) over fruit bowls.

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a whole-food, plant-based chef and former culinary projects manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit and follow her on Instagram for more.
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