Minty Watermelon and Lime Salad

Nothing says summer like watermelon —big, juicy slices of it, its sweet nectar running down your hands and face. My favorite way to eat watermelon is to hack a huge section off and dive right in.

However, when it comes to summer gatherings, I’ve had one too many sticky, pink dribbles fall from my hands to my dress. I’m generally a hands-on person, but in these situations, I actually start to long for a fork and bowl style of eating. Picnics provide the perfect excuse to do some simple sprucing up of watermelon and turn it into a refreshing side dish meant for silverware.

Mint too is great for gatherings because everyone likes a fresh breath, and when the temps. start soaring, there’s no better cool-down ingredient for this than mint. The perfect compliment to sugary watermelon, the touch of green adds just the right finish for a hot summer day. I also hit this dish with a dash of spice and a touch of salt, a combination that goes well with the natural sweetness of my favorite summer fruit.

With just 5 ingredients and 2 easy steps, this is a dish worthy of sending watermelon into cubes meant for a fork. Serve alongside fish tacos, BBQ, or any other outdoor favorite.

Minty Watermelon and Lime Salad


  • -5 heaping cups watermelon
  • -3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • -Pinch cayenne
  • -3 Tbsp. mint, torn
  • -Pinch sea salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, lime, and cayenne, to taste.
  2. Add mint.
  3. Season with a small grind of salt. Serve.

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    July 4, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Love your watermelon salad. I have always liked the way salt brings out the sweetness of watermelon. Now I’m going to try your salad…it sounds terrific.

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    Blissful Birth Books
    July 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Love it!

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    July 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    That looks so pretty. I’m thinking of doing something with watermelon when the weather clears up… if it ever clears up…

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