Watermelon Salad




About: Made in Canada, I grew up crafting, making, and baking. Out of this love for designing and creating, I pursued a BFA in product design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. Since then I've done work for Mart...

This simple, savory, and super refreshing watermelon salad recipe is the only thing I want to eat when trying to beat the summer heat. Not only is it delicious, it's very easy to make!

So let's get fresh!


Here's some of my other yummy watermelon instructables to help you give summer's hot hot heat the bird:

Watermelon Mojito Slushie
Watermelon Margaritas
Watermelon Juice

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Step 1: Recipe

8 heaping cups of cubed seedless watermelon
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
4 oz queso fresco
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili flakes

Step 2: How to Cube Watermelon

Cut the watermelon into 1" thick slices. Remove the rind and cut the slice into 1" strips vertically and then turn your knife (or cutting board) and cut the strips into 1" cubes.

Set aside.

Step 3: Prepping the Remaining Ingredients

1. Remove a handful of mint leaves (1/4 cup when chopped) from their stems and using a chefs knife, finely chop them. Set aside.

2. Cut of the majority of the exposed stems off approx. 10 stems of cilantro (going for 1/4 cup) and chop the leaves finely. Set aside.

3. Juice 1/3 cup of fresh lime juice.

4. Using your fingers, crumble 4 oz of queso fresco into small pieces.

Step 4: Layers of Yum

In a large bowl, starting with the watermelon, add all the prepared ingredients along with the salt and chili flakes.

Step 5: Mix & Serve

Using a soft edged utensil (a wooden spoon is perfect), gently mix all the salad ingredients together.

Cover the bowl and let it chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Remove from the fridge and gently stir the salad one more time.

Plate and serve.

Happy yummy summer y'all!

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    Made this last night. Served the salad on a bed of arugula with a nice piece of salmon. The sweetness of the watermelon balanced nicely with the bitter/nuttiness of the greens as well as the richness of the fish.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I like it and want to eat some. What is queso fresco and chili flakes? Is it a nobrainer seasoning or please tell me.

    2 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Chili flakes is crushed red chili, not ground to powder. Has a brighter taste than the powder.

    Queso fresco is sometimes called "farmer's cheese", or you can make it by draining off the liquid from cottage cheese (use paper towel and colander and a catch bowl in the fridge for a day or 3).


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Growing up on melon farm, we ate melon as meals with other quite different ingredients from yours. Can't wait to try your recipe. Love your super clear photos. You must have mastered lighting in your kitchen or some pictures taken outdoors?

    4 replies

    Babybayrs, I would love to know what kinds of ingredients you added. I'm always down to try a new melon anything! And I'm afraid all I've mastered is editing the crap out of my photos to get the lighting to look good. (With the exception of the first two and the last images. Those were taken outside.) :)


    We had toasted flours for morning tea. In summer, when farmers come home from field hand-farming, they were too hungry, tired and dehydrated to cook (women do farm work too) or wait for meals, adding flours to watermelon made quick and satisfying lunch.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Cooked flours by dry toasting so it's ready to eat with morning tea (people found out it's tasty with water melon) and stays longer(there where I was born and raised used to have no electricity=no fridge) compared to breads that has moisture.

    How far in advance can you make this? Does it hold at all? Looks so lovely and yummy I'd hate to have it wilt before serving.

    I've been seeing your photo on the main page lately and I thought it was a picture of poke, the Hawaiian dish made with chunks of tuna and seaweed (kinda like a sushi salad). Nice pic and still mouthwatering whether it's melon or tuna.


    4 years ago

    It's a great refreshing snack ! I will try it!