Watermelon Salad

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been loving the gigantic watermelons that have been all over the grocery stores lately!  I buy one of these monsters each week and have enough watermelon to bring for lunch everyday and to snack on at night.  Seasonal watermelon is so delicious and healthy.  Instead of just eating it as a snack, I decided to make a Watermelon Salad.  This watermelon salad is amazing and I’ll tell you something crazy… there’s cayenne pepper in this recipe!  You only add a pinch of cayenne pepper, but it gives the watermelon such an amazing flavor.  I can’t even describe what the cayenne pepper does to the salad, but trust me, you’ll love it.  When you try this salad you will be just as obsessed with it as I am.  Give it a try!

  • 8 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, torn
  • Pinch of Sea salt


  1. In a large bowl, toss the watermelon with the lime juice and cayenne pepper.
  2. Fold in the mint leaves, season with salt, and serve.

*Adapted from Food & Wine



Filed under Side Dishes, Soup & Salad

14 responses to “Watermelon Salad

  1. BringMeTheGabagoule

    wait, maybe these… watermelons are in season in DC already? what the heck! hanover just passed their frost-free date three weeks ago! strawberries are just coming now.

  2. BringMeTheGabagoule

    sorry, that was the worst comment ever. let me try again…

    i really like how you incorporate cayenne into this recipe, especially because the watermelon is cold and sweet. i wonder how it would taste with wasabi, my favorite kind of heat because it dissipates so quickly.

  3. Great salad – so different that just normal watermelon! I had watermelon for the first time of the season tonight – so yummy!

  4. How interesting…sounds amazing and I would never thought of sea salt and cayenne pepper..great idea!!!

  5. Combining watermelon and cayenne sounds just strange enough that I know it MUST taste amazing! Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. What a lovely and refreshing salad. I bookmarked to make later. I have fresh mint from the garden

  7. Very unique…can’t wait to try it. Watermelon season is upon us!

  8. Sounds SO refreshing – this is a must try!

  9. I just made another granita… and it had some of these same ingredients! I guess great minds think alike!

  10. Amy

    I am loving this combination of ingredients and flavors! It sounds incredibly refreshing and perfect for summer! I appriciate that it is so simple as well!

  11. A friend of mine introduced me to chili powder combined with fruit in a salad salad a few years ago. AMAZING! Definitely not something I ever would have come up with on my own. Our watermelons are going to be ready to harvest in the next month. I can hardly wait.

  12. Yum! I’ve seen some watermelon-mint salads around, but I really love the pepper that’s tossed in here; bet it gives a nice kick and makes the dish exciting as well as refreshing!

  13. Wow never thought of cayenne pepper for watermelon! That sounds cool. I have to give it a try!

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