A Surprisingly Delicious Watermelon Salad


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A Surprisingly Delicious Watermelon Salad

August 3, 2016
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A Surprisingly Delicious Watermelon Salad


Raise your hand if you like simple summer salads… 

What if we could incorporate a favorite summertime fruit that is traditionally reserved for big slices and smiles, and combine it with a few fresh herbs and a zesty dressing?

Surely that would be fabulous, no?

Well this Watermelon Salad recipe has it all!  

Only a handful of ingredients create a bright and delicious dressing that is simple yet powerful and tangy. When we top the whole watermelon salad off with a nice dusting of a chopped almond and peanut mixture, it gives it a wonderfully unexpected crunch.  

Thai Watermelon Salad

I used red seedless watermelon from my local market, but feel free to use yellow, or any other variety of California watermelon you prefer. Particularly, this melon has great texture and is very juicy, just like they should be!

Thai Watermelon Salad

First, I cut the watermelon into medium-sized cubes and added fresh chopped basil and mint leaves that I grew in my garden. I love being able to go outside and pick fresh leaves off the plants!

Thai Watermelon Salad

Then a quick addition of dressing to the chunks of watermelon and herbs…

Thai Watermelon Salad

Lightly fold the mixture and pour into a serving dish…

DSC_0018Thai Watermelon Salad

Top with a layer of crushed almonds and serve!

Thai Watermelon Salad

Certainly you’d agree that this is such a refreshing option to serve for your weeknight dinners. Additionally, it’s the perfect option when heading to a neighborhood cookout or family get together.  

Just make sure you make enough of this Watermelon Salad, because it will get devoured!

Recipe adapted from Scaling Back

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Watermelon Salad

Susan the CA Grown Mom
This light and refreshing Watermelon Salad recipe is made with just a few ingredients and is full of summer flavor.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 142 kcal


for the dressing

  • 1 large lime juiced (about 3-4 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger

for the salad

  • 1/2 large watermelon flesh cut into 1 inch chunks (about 12 cups)
  • 15-20 large basil leaves rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves rough chopped
  • 1/4 cup almonds chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts chopped


  • Mix all the dressing ingredients and stir to combine
  • Place the watermelon, basil and mint in a large mixing bowl
  • Pour the dressing over and lightly fold to coat
  • Add the chopped almond/peanut mixture to the top and serve


Can be made in advance and refrigerated. Wait to add the almond topping until ready to serve


Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 188mgPotassium: 416mgFiber: 3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 1764IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fruit salad, watermelon
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