Watermelon Dessert Salad

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This Watermelon Dessert Salad is super tasty and delicious! I really hope you enjoyed this watermelon salad recipe. It was one of my favorites…and it’s a healthy side dish for the family. I like to make it anytime of year, but it’s especially sweet and tasty in the hot summer months. Enjoy!

Watermelon Blueberry Salad

This Watermelon Blueberry Salad is tossed with mint, lemon and honey. It’s an easy, healthy, refreshing summer recipe for picnics, barbecues and potlucks.

Watermelon Blueberry Salad is a refreshing, easy, crowd pleasing recipe that you need to make this summer! Watermelons are plentiful this time of the year. So, if you’re looking for something a little extra to do with that chopped watermelon, how about tossing it with blueberries, honey and lime juice? That’s as easy as it gets for this thirst-quenching delightful summer “salad”!

Watermelon Blueberry Salad in a large bowl with mint, honey and lemon juice
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BENEFITS OF WATERMELON

Watermelon is loaded with health benefits that give you those feel good vibes. So I highly recommend it as a go-to dessert in the summertime. It’s sweet, full of good carbs and satisfies cravings for something sugary and refreshing. Here are my favorite health benefits for watermelon:

  • It’s hydrating: It’s called watermelon for a reason. In the summer, eating fruits like watermelon is a great way to stay hydrated when you want a break from water. It’s actually a secret little trick to meet your hydration quota for the day.
  • It’s low in calories: The calories in watermelon actually make it so you can enjoy it like a dessert or in recipes like this watermelon blueberry salad. Each cup is about 45 calories, which is a generous amount of fruit. So I say go for two cups and you’ll still keep your calories at bay.
  • It has good carbs. Don’t worry too much that it’s 10 grams of carbs per cup of watermelon. Those carbs are great after a workout when your muscles are thirsty for replenishing their glycogen stores. The usable carbs in watermelon help with exercise recovery.
  • It’s loaded with lycopene: That pink color is from lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is good for your heart health and helps fight cancer.

HOW TO CUT A WATERMELON

I cut a dozen or two watermelons each summer.  From my experience, this is the best way to cut a watermelon.

Start by cutting the watermelon in half. Then place it on the cut side down and cut the skin off. Now you’re left with a peeled half moon. Slice it down the middle. Then form slices horizontally.

Then you can turn it over on its slide and slice again horizontally and then vertically until you get perfect little cubes.

HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON BLUEBERRY SALAD

Now that you have the watermelon chopped, it’s time to make this watermelon blueberry salad. Place the cut watermelon in a large bowl along with the blueberries.

Add some fresh mint if you’d like. Then whisk together two parts honey to one part lime juice (or lemon juice) and pour all over.

Large white bowl of cubed watermelon pieces with blueberries and mint; pouring honey and lemon mixture over
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Give it all a good toss, and the watermelon blueberry salad is ready. You can serve it as is or chill it for one hour before serving. The salad will start to release water over time, so it’s best to enjoy it immediately.

Mixing the watermelon and blueberries with the mint, honey and lemon juice
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HOW TO PICK A WATERMELON

  1. Check its weight compared to its size. The watermelon should feel relatively heavy for its size. That means it’s packing in lots of juices! So pick it up and get a feel for it.
  2. Look for a field spot on the watermelon. This is usually a large patch on one side of the watermelon that has a light and creamy yellowish tone. If it does, it’s a signal of ripeness.
  3. Aim for a symmetrical shape. It can be round or oval, but symmetry is important. That usually means the watermelon had consistent sun and water in the field, which will translate to an even ripeness all around.
  4. Tap (bang) it to check for firmness. This means that it’s not too ripe (and mushy). This is the test my kids love to do!

Now you’ll be picking the perfect watermelons all summer long, and I hope you try this watermelon blueberry salad with one ripe and juicy watermelon. It’s a great snack to have for your family, makes for a refreshing appetizer or dessert at a barbecue and it’s always a hit at parties!

If you have some leftover and it’s starting to get watery, feel free to throw it all in a blender and make yourself a watermelon cooler…no extra ingredients needed!

Mojito Watermelon Salad

Make the most of summer’s best with this Mojito Watermelon Salad! This sweet watermelon salad with the right amount of mint and lime is a refreshing and easy summer side dish.

Make the most of summer's best with this Mojito Watermelon Salad! This sweet watermelon salad with the right amount of mint and lime is a refreshing and easy summer side dish. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com
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I really wish this recipe had a better story. Usually something happens that doesn’t involve an overactive mint plant, a determination to make fruit salad in a watermelon bowl, and a lot of people to feed. Also, I’m really bad at making composed fruit salads. There’s entirely too much pressure to find the right mix of fruits, an excess of cantaloupe, and usually fresh pineapple that I can’t eat. That is entirely too much thinking for a summer fruit salad.

Anyway, when you find a perfect fruit bowl watermelon at the store, but don’t just want to serve plain cut watermelon, mojito watermelon salad is your answer.

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Why are you calling it mojito watermelon salad? Does it have alcohol?

No, it doesn’t have alcohol as written. If you wanted, you could always add a splash of clear rum. I call this a mojito watermelon salad because of the combination of mint and lime. Non-alcoholic mojitos are still called “mojitos”, and since that was the inspiration for the salad, there we go. And isn’t it just fun to say?

Low calorie summer dessert idea. Sweet watermelon salad with mint and lime.
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Like this isn’t “regular” watermelon salad, it’s a “cool” salad. 1,000 imaginary internet bonus points if you caught the movie reference.

This sweet watermelon salad really is refreshing though. I saw multiple people grab seconds, and it’s nice to have a watermelon salad without cheese. Feta cheese is amazing and all, but you can make a dairy free watermelon salad. Options are beautiful.

Can I make this in advance?

You can cut the day before serving if you’d like, but for best results, mix the dressing with the watermelon the same day you plan to serve. I dressed the entire watermelon in the video for the party and we had about 1/3 leftover. The day after it was still good, but by the second day after the party, the lime had caused some of the watermelon to soften a bit.

Delicious no bake and healthy watermelon salad recipe for a lower calorie bbq side or dessert.
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I have enjoyed mixing up the lime and honey sauce separately, adding the mint, and then using it on an “as needed” basis to dress my watermelon for a mini serving of salad. That lasts about a week in the fridge and is a GREAT option if you don’t need to make a huge batch of watermelon salad but still want something fun to “dress” your fruit.

Would this work with other fruit?

Probably, yes. It would likely be lovely on a mixed berry salad, or any fruit that pairs well with mint.

Do I need a special kind of watermelon to make a fruit bowl?

I would recommend looking for a watermelon that sits rather evenly on its side. You don’t see this in the video or photos, but the watermelon I used today had a very small flat spot on one side. This is where it rested on the ground, and it just happened to be at the perfect spot to make a watermelon fruit bowl.

If you can’t find a watermelon that already has a flat spot, you can slice a very thin bit of rind off the outside of the melon to create a flat spot. Should you do this, just be sure to place the melon bowl on a plate or board or something for serving.

Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing

Watermelon Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing is the perfect light dessert or snack for hot summer days.  So refreshing and tasty! The Honey Lime Dressing really brings out the sweetness of the watermelon.

watermelon salad with honey lime dressing
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PLEASE DON’T GO. That’s me begging summer to stay around longer.

Aldo and I just came back from an amazing long weekend trip to the Finger Lakes region. It’s such a beautiful area in upstate NY with more nature, good food, and wineries that you can handle in one weekend. I can’t wait to go back. 

When we got home, we didn’t want to let go of the relaxing summer vibes, so I made this watermelon salad to get us out of the post-vacation slump.

watermelon salad with honey lime dressing in a bowl
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How to Make This Easy Watermelon Salad Recipe:

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The Honey Lime Mint Dressing starts with muddling the fresh mint leaves to release their juices – just like you would for a mojito. I love my mojito muddler and use it for lots of recipes other than just mojitos – it is also perfect for mashing avocados for guacamole and mashing chickpeas. SO much easier than using a fork! 

Once the mint leaves are muddled, you will add the honey, lime juice, and lime zest and mix well. Then add the cubed watermelon and stir. The salad is ready to eat! Or you can chill it in the fridge until serving it. 

I definitely recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice to get the freshest flavor. And take a minute to zest the limes before you juice them, it will make for a more fragrant citrusy dressing. I have this citrus squeezer from oxo that I LOVE and this zester which makes it super easy to zest limes and lemons.

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This watermelon salad is best served fresh the same day, but you can store leftovers in the fridge until the next day, if you need to. 

You can also scale this recipe up to make a large salad for a crowd. It’s great for picnics, summer entertaining, or just a refreshing salad to enjoy with your family on a hot summer day.

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