Moon and Stars Watermelon Calypso Bean Salad

Watermelon and beans?  Yes! Moon and Stars Watermelon is named for its “celestial” rind, with a design that looks like a star-filled night.  Heirloom Calypso beans add even more beautiful color.  The sweet flavor and crisp texture of the melon balance the rich, hearty flavor of the beans.  A spicy kick from jalapeno and fresh lime give this a Mexican flair.  Enjoy this healthy, gluten-free, oil-free salad as a side dish for any summer party.  Or use as a plant-based filling for vegan tacos and lettuce cups.

EASY       Servings: 6                         Ready In: 10 minutes

Moon and Stars Watermelon Calypso Bean Salad - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipe

Moon and Stars Watermelon Calypso Bean Salad - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipe

Moon and Stars Watermelon photo, courtesy of Seed Savers.   This unique melon is part of the Slow Foods Ark of Taste seed preservation movement

Moon and Stars Watermelon photo, courtesy of Seed Savers.   This unique melon is part of the Slow Foods Ark of Taste seed preservation movement

*Chef’s Tip for cooking the Calypso Beans:  For 1 ½  cups of beans, start with ½ cup dry beans.  Soak overnight (or for at least 8 hours).  Drain.  Rinse.  Then cook in 3 cups fresh water, simmering until tender, about 60-90 minutes.

*Chef’s Tip for cooking the Calypso Beans:  For 1 ½  cups of beans, start with ½ cup dry beans.  Soak overnight (or for at least 8 hours).  Drain.  Rinse.  Then cook in 3 cups fresh water, simmering until tender, about 60-90 minutes.

* Chef’s Tip for the Moon and Stars Watermelon: Retain the beautiful rind and use as an elegant way to serve this salad. When dicing the watermelon, try to cut around the seeds. If any sneak by, simply remove as best you can.

* Chef’s Tip for the Moon and Stars Watermelon: Retain the beautiful rind and use as an elegant way to serve this salad. When dicing the watermelon, try to cut around the seeds. If any sneak by, simply remove as best you can.

Chef's Tip for elegant presentation:  Save the rind and use to serve this gorgeous, healthy salad

Chef's Tip for elegant presentation:  Save the rind and use to serve this gorgeous, healthy salad

Ingredients

3 cups Moon and Stars Watermelon, diced*
1 ½  cups cooked Black Calypso Beans* 
1 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
½ large red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and dice
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 limes, zest and juice
Dash of salt, to taste


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Moon and Stars Watermelon Calypso Bean Salad

Procedure

To make the salad:  Combine the Sun and Moon Watermelon, Calypso beans, corn, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro.  Zest and juice the limes and add to the mix.  Add a dash of salt.  Toss well.  Taste to adjust seasoning, if needed.

Serve immediately.

Chef's Tips:  If you're making this salad ahead of time, combine everything except the watermelon.  If the watermelon sits too long with other ingredients, the salt can draw out too much moisture and make it mushy. 

* Chef’s Tip for the Sun and Moon Watermelon:  Retain the beautiful rind and use as an elegant way to serve this salad.  When dicing the watermelon, try to cut around the seeds.  If any sneak by, simply remove as best you can.

*Chef’s Tip for cooking the Calypso Beans:  For 1 ½  cups of beans, start with ½ cup dry beans.  Soak overnight (or for at least 8 hours).  Drain.  Rinse.  Then cook in 3 cups fresh water, simmering until tender, about 60-90 minutes.  For more on cooking beans, check out my video: How to Cook Beans

Yield: 6-7 cups


Cooking Video: How to Cut a Melon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (about 1 cup).

Calories 102.7
Calories From Fat (7%) 7.67
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.56g <1%
Saturated Fat 0.05g <1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 29.69mg 1%
Potassium 244mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 13.86g 5%
Fiber 9.44g 38%
Sugar 10.49g
Protein 5.46g 11%
Calcium 20.71mg 2%
Iron 18.97mg 105%
Vitamin A 696.86IU 14%
Vitamin C 3445.38mg 5742%