Moon and Stars Watermelon Calypso Bean Salad

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


Easy |  Servings: 6  |  Ready In: 10 minutes |  Yield: 6-7 cups

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.


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

How it’s Done

To make the Watermelon Bean 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.

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

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Make Ahead Tip: 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.

Use the Rind:  Retain the beautiful rind of the Sun and Moon Watermelon by using it 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.

How to Cook Calypso Beans:  For 1 ½  cups of beans, start with ½ cup dry beans.  Soak overnight (or for at least 8 hours).  Drain and rinse.  Then cook in 3 cups fresh water, simmering until tender, about 60-90 minutes.  You can also used 1 (15-ounce) can of black beans or pinto beans.  For more on cooking beans, check out my video: How to Cook Beans

Yield: 6-7 cups

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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%


Shopping and Gear List

  • Zursun Heirloom Dry Calypso Beans 24 oz each (2-Pack)
  • Top Rated Zulay Premium Quality Metal Lemon Lime Squeezer – Manual Citrus Press Juicer


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