Watermelon Lime Salad

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My favorite salad to make in the summer is Watermelon Lime Salad. It’s sweet, tangy, and will fill you up with a bunch of vegetables. Who doesn’t love an easy recipe that’s refreshing and fruit-based? I’m going to show you how to make my favorite watermelon lime salad. This recipe is easily customized and the perfect addition to your next summer party or potluck.

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

This watermelon cucumber salad is so light and refreshing. It is the perfect summer dish with sweet, salty and tangy flavors that are irresistible.

PREP TIME15 mins

TOTAL TIME15 mins

COURSESalad

CUISINEAmerican, Mediterranean

SERVINGS4 servings

CALORIES184 kcal

INGREDIENTS  1x2x3x

Dressing

  • ▢2 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ▢1/2 tsp Lime Zest
  • ▢1 Tbls Honey
  • ▢3 Tbls Lime Juice

Salad

  • ▢4 cups Watermelon cubed
  • ▢1.5 cups English Cucumber sliced
  • ▢1/4 cup Fresh Mint thinly sliced
  • ▢1/2 cup Feta Cheese block cut into cubes*
  • ▢1/4 tsp Salt Flakes

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Make the dressing:In a small bowl mix the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest and honey. Whisk to combine
  • Place the cubed watermelon, sliced cucumber, and fresh mint into a bowl and toss to combineDrizzle with dressing and top with feta and salt flakes to taste

NOTES

*you can also crumble the block of feta if your prefer 

NUTRITION

Calories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 358mgPotassium: 268mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 1104IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 1mg

WATERMELON SALAD WITH MINT AND LIME

This watermelon salad with mint and lime is such a refreshing summer salad. 

This watermelon salad with mint and lime juice is so juicy and fresh. It is the perfect salad for picnics, barbecues, and tapas parties.

I love this time of year when watermelon appears in the grocery store. Last weekend, our neighborhood store had cartons of watermelons both in front of the store and throughout the store in preparation for Independence Day. It definitely feels like summer.

Watermelon has always been one of my favorite summer fruits. I love how it is both crunchy and juicy at the same time.

In this salad, watermelon pairs so well with the mint and the lime juice. There is also a bit of kosher salt and a tablespoon of rum in this salad, just to make it interesting (and delicious).

Watermelon Salad with Mint
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Shopping List for this Watermelon Salad with Mint and Lime:

  • One “personal” seedless watermelon or 8 cups of 2 inch watermelon cubes from a larger watermelon. 
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum. If you prefer to not include the rum, you can skip it, or you can add a half teaspoon of rum extract. 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Generous pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced

HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON SALAD WITH MINT AND LIME

Making this watermelon salad with mint and lime is super easy.

  1. First, you cut a personal-sized watermelon into two inch cubes. 
  2. Next, you toss the watermelon with freshly squeezed lime juice, rum, and kosher salt. 
  3. Let the watermelon marinate in the lime juice mixture for at least 15 minutes and up to 6 hours. 
  4. When ready to serve, toss the watermelon with the sliced mint leaves. 

Watermelon Salad Variations

If you want to get creative, you can toss in some crumbled feta cheese, some sliced cherry tomatoes, and even some thinly sliced red onions or shallots. 

By the way, leftovers last at least three days. 

Chili Lime Watermelon Salad

This Chili Lime Watermelon Salad recipe from The Whole Whole Smiths is the perfect summer salad for everyone. It’s naturally gluten-free and packs up perfectly for any occasion.

overhead shot of a plate with healthy watermelon salad with crumbled queso fresco and herbs
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Here we are, the dog days of summer. These are the days that I want to soak in all of the popsicles, sunshine and watermelon I can. I know my time left with the remaining bits of summer is fleeting and I need to get them all in while I can before it becomes pumpkin season fall.

Chili Lime Watermelon salad served with crumbled queso fresco and chopped mint on a metal plate
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watermelon as a salad? 

Growing up the only way to eat watermelon was as a slice. Anything else was unheard of. And a watermelon salad? Blasphemy! But as the foodie world has evolved and the internet has created a vast exchange of food ideas a watermelon salad isn’t something we balk at any longer. In fact, I’d say it’s crave worthy on a hot day.

The appeal of any watermelon salad comes from the delicate balance of salty and sweet, which this recipe indeed has. I also love the heat and sweet combination of flavors so I threw that in as well. But never fear, it’s not a spicy dish so it’s still kid-friendly.

It’s zesty, but not spicy. The queso fresco adds a bit of briny, coolness to this dish. If you haven’t had queso fresco yet, it’s a crumbly cheese that brings a punch of creamy saltiness to any dish. In fact, it’s become one of my favorite ingredients. While queso fresco is typically used in Mexican and Latin dishes I find it to be extremely versatile and use it frequently in many dishes, in particular salads.

close-up of watermelon salad topped with queso fresco and chopped mint leaves
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why does cilantro taste like soap to some? 

On to the herbs. Any good salad needs a fresh herb to make it a top-notch salad and in this case we used fresh cilantro. Personally I love the taste of cilantro but I know there’s a lot of people out there that can’t handle the taste on cilantro. Did you know that cilantro contains a natural chemical compound called an aldehyde that people experience differently taste-wise? Aldehydes are compounds that are also produced in the soap making process  and why some people say that cilantro tastes like soap to them. So you ether love it or hate it in your food.

If you’re one of them that hate it, chop of some fresh basil instead. We’ve made this recipe using basil in the past because that’s what we had on hand and it tastes lovely as well.

a big metal plate with chili lime watermelon salad topped with queso fresco and chopped herbs
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so many ways to enjoy watermelon. 

I mentioned that “back in the day” we would just eat watermelon as-is but there are so many ways to enjoy it now. Whether it’s in a drink like my Cucumber Watermelon Cooler or these Strawberry Watermlon Popsicles there are endless ways to enjoy watermelon today. Not to mention all sorts of ways to slice it up!

The easiest way to cut a watermelon these days is using the method demonstrated in this video. It makes cubing the watermelon particularly easy and you’ll find your cubes to be more uniform.

Enjoy this recipe and consider saving it to your Pinterest board so it’s ready when you need it!

tips:

  • Feel free to use fresh peaches in place of watermelon. The flavors work just as beautifully with peaches as well. You may need to adjust the amount of dressing depending on how many peaches you use.
  • Make this salad about 2 to 3 hours prior to serving and store in the refrigerator to let the flavors marinate together.
  • Goat cheese makes a great substitute for queso fresco.

is this whole30 or paleo? 

Only if you omit the cheese and check the ingredients in the seasoning you use.

can i use other melons for this recipe?

Yes! Honeydew and cantaloupe are great substitutions.

is this spicy? my kids won’t eat spicy foods.

Nope! It has a kick to it from the seasoning but it is not hot spicy.

chili lime watermelon salad

This Chili Lime Watermelon Salad recipe from The Whole Whole Smiths is the perfect summer salad for everyone. It’s naturally gluten-free and packs up perfectly for any occasion.

Course: Appetizer, Appetizer / Side

Cuisine: American

Keyword: salad with watermelon, watermelon salad, watermelon salad with cheese

Servings: 4 servings

ingredients

  • 10 cups watermelon cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chile lime seasoning such as Tajin or Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco
  • 1/3 cup cilantro

instructions

  • Add the olive oil, lime juice, chili lime seasoning and salt to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to a bowl and drizzle the dressing over. Toss lightly to coat.
  • Refrigerator 2 to 3 hours prior to serving. To serve, re-toss the watermelon and serve.

notes

  • Feel free to use fresh peaches in place of watermelon. The flavors work just as beautifully with peaches as well. You may need to adjust the amount of dressing depending on how many peaches you use.
  • Make this salad about 2 to 3 hours prior to serving and store in the refrigerator to let the flavors marinate together.
  • Goat cheese makes a great substitute for queso fresco.

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad is a refreshing summer salad that has a sweet-and-salty taste and so festive for summer cookouts, potlucks and picnics.

So colorful and refreshing, this watermelon feta salad is a wonderful addition to any summer meal. Fresh watermelon, feta cheese, mint and cucumbers are tossed in a honey lime dressing for the ultimate sweet and salty bite.

INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Watermelon: Use a ripe watermelon and cut it into cubes. Although it is tempting to buy ready cut watermelon, it’s best to avoid it for this recipe as it won’t be as juicy.
  • Feta cheese: The saltiness of feta cheese balances wonderfully when crumbled with the sweet watermelon. Goat cheese would also work really well.
  • Cucumbers: Sliced cucumbers add a great texture. This recipe uses smaller Persian cucumbers, but diced English cucumbers will also do the job.
  • Red onions: Red onions are milder than white or yellow and can be enjoyed raw in salads. Slice them finely so that they are not too overpowering. You could use sliced green onions as well.
  • Mint: Fresh mint leaves add a great burst of flavor. If you don’t like mint, basil, parsley or cilantro would also work great.
  • Dressing: Extra-virgin olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt and pepper.

RECIPE VIDEO TUTORIAL

HOW TO MAKE WATERMELON FETA SALAD

  • Cube the watermelon and add to a large bowl.
  • Add in the rest of the salad ingredients.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

TIPS FOR MAKING THE SALAD

  1. Chill the salad before serving. Once you have tossed the salad together, let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the flavors to develop, and the watermelon will be nice and refreshing.
  2. Cut the watermelon into evenly sized cubes. They should be easy to eat and if they are a similar size they will mix more easily with the other ingredients.
  3. Toss the salad gently when you add the dressing. Be careful not to break up the watermelon.
  4. Use the freshest and best quality ingredients. This is a simple salad recipe, and it’s so delicious because of its freshness. Avoid ready-cut watermelon and make sure your veggies are super fresh for the best flavor.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does it keep?

Once you have tossed the salad with the dressing, keep it covered in the fridge. It’s best eaten within a couple of days, but will keep well for up to 4. After two days, the watermelon and cucumber will start to lose their crunch, but it will still be good to eat.

Can you make this with other melons?

The vibrant color of watermelons are perfect for this, and they are so refreshing to enjoy in the summer. If you prefer though, other types of melons will work really well with the other ingredients in this recipe. Honeydew, galia and cantaloupe are all great choices.

What do you serve it with?

You can serve this watermelon feta salad by itself as a sit down appetizer, but it’s wonderful paired with chicken, seafood and lamb. Try it with:

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