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Watermelon Salad with Jalapeño and Lime

Thanks to farmers in Texas and Arizona, sweet flavor-packed watermelons are now available year-round. Black sesame seeds add a nice color contrast to this dish, but if you can’t find them, white sesame seeds work just as well.



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3 Tbs. lime juice
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2 Tbs. olive or avocado oil
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⅛ tsp. lime zest
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2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into ½-inch cubes
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1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
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¼ cup basil or Thai basil, cut into thin strips
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1 tsp. black sesame seeds
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½ tsp. sea salt


1. Whisk together lime juice, oil and lime zest. Set aside.

2. Place watermelon cubes in single layer in large shallow dish. Pour lime juice mixture over watermelon, and gently toss to combine. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3. Place 5 jalapeño rings each in 4 shallow serving bowls. Mound 1/2 cup watermelon in center of each bowl. Divide marinade among bowls. Sprinkle with basil, sesame seeds and salt, and serve.

Nutrition Information: 

<1 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
7 g
201 mg
<1 g
5 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Very good twist on watermelon! Great salad.

This was very good. The dressing draws out the flavor of the melon and adds a little tang. Not sure it would be worth the effort if the watermelon is flavorful and ripe, but for a so-so fruit this would work well.

I can't believe this salad is only rated 2.5 out if 5 stars- wish I could rate it 10! -AJ

This is the best, most refreshing salad I have had in a long time - definitely my go to when I need something fast. One can always count on VT to come through.