Spicy Tomato Watermelon Salad

A refreshing summer tomato salad with watermelon, avocado, jalapeño, tossed in a tangy ginger-lime tamari dressing. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Spicy Tomato Watermelon Salad in a bowl with serving utensils

I hope you have lots of tomatoes. Why? Because I have another really great tomato salad for you! This one is completely different from Tuesday’s salad – it’s really quick and full of spicy/sweet/savory/tangy flavor. You may recognize the gingery tamari-lime dressing from the cookbook and also from these rice bowls. It’s so perfect here because the contrasting flavors really make the sweetness of the watermelon pop. This is the salad that I’ll be eating until summer is over because it’s just so delicious and refreshing.

Spicy Tomato Watermelon Salad

And speaking of pop – this one is a little spicy because, in my opinion, hot days call for hot food. You can add more or less jalapeño depending on your spice preference, but I recommend not skimping too much. The cool watermelon and the creamy avocado help chill down the spice. Somewhat 🙂

Spicy Tomato Watermelon Salad in a bowl with serving utensils

I love to serve this salad as a side dish with whatever I’m grilling!


Spicy Tomato Watermelon Salad
 
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Serves: serves 4 as a side
Ingredients
dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
salad:
  • 3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • 5 cups cut watermelon (about 2-inch triangles)
  • 1 thinly sliced jalapeño and/or a few Thai chiles
  • 2 tablespoons Thai basil or regular basil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted cashews
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • Sea salt, to taste, if desired
  • Lime wedges, for serving
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine the tamari, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, and ginger.
  2. Arrange the tomatoes, watermelon, and jalapeños on a platter or in a shallow bowl. (This salad should not be served in a deep bowl because the flavorful juices will sink to the bottom.) Drizzle with the dressing and top with the basil, cashews, and avocado. Season to taste and serve with lime wedges.

 

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  1. Ali from alimargo.com
    08.17.2018

    I swear I’m not a serial commenter but damn, girl your recipes are amAZZZzzzing! My husband works at a local private school that has a very large garden and he’s been bringing home heirloom tomatoes by the bucketload. Pairing them with watermelon and jalapeño (!!!) and combining it with that salty/sweet/sour dressing is brilliant. Excellent, easy, healthy and very colorful dish. And now I maybe using raw jalapeños in my salads a little more often–there is something about that lingering spice that takes it to the next level.

    • Ha ha, you can become a serial commenter, I would love that :). I’m so glad you loved this one!!

  2. Gaby Dalkin
    08.17.2018

    This sounds like a summer BBQ must-have!

  3. Awww…this is exactly what I’m craving right now. I have tons of heirlooms from the farmers market waiting for this!

  4. Terri
    08.19.2018

    Tried this last night! Incredible! Used regular tomatoes from my garden and no avocado because they were $2.49 each!! Will be making this for company. Thank you for such a lovely dish.

  5. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    08.19.2018

    I’m intrigued to try tomatoes and watermelon together!! I’ve never thought of that.

  6. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    08.19.2018

    a wonderful salad complement to the watermelon margarita, even though I don’t think I’ve ever paired the two, love the dressing too

  7. Siena Abbott from thesweetandsavoryvegankitchen.com
    08.20.2018

    Ok but what a genius idea! Anyway you can add watermelon to anything is a win in my book. And those photos, like wow. I’m in love. Thanks for the inspo.

  8. Tried this last night! Incredible! Used regular tomatoes from my garden and no avocado because they were $2.49 each!! Will be making this for company. Thank you for such a lovely dish.

  9. Monica from familymesshall.com
    08.23.2018

    What a pretty plate! Yum!

  10. Shradha from radianthealthonline.com
    09.12.2018

    This recipe seems to be so unique and mouth-watering. I always keep hunting for healthy yet tasty recipes, thanks for sharing interesting flavors of recipes. Definitely going to try this.

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