Spicy Watermelon & Avocado Salad

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I ordered a watermelon salad at a restaurant a few weeks ago… in my mind I thought it would taste similar to this. It didn’t and I was disappointed. Does that ever happen to you? I mean, $16 for a plate of nearly-plain cubed watermelon, come on…

But the watermelon gods were looking down on me that weekend, because the next day at the farmers market were these sweet little sugar babies. I love these, first of all, because they’re easy to cut. I can count on zero hands how many large watermelons I’ve tackled this summer. They’re also sweeter than most watermelon – and just perfect for the salty, tangy, creamy & spicy ingredients I put with it.

spicy watermelon & avocado salad
  • watermelon
  • lime
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • cotija or feta cheese (omit if vegan or raw)
  • avocado cubes
  • mint and/or basil
  • sprouts or small salad greens
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ½ jalapeno, sliced
  • optional - 1 clove of garlic, smashed (remove it before using)
  • salt & pepper
  1. Whisk together the dressing, set aside.
  2. Cube your watermelon, add a few good pinches of salt & a squeeze of lime.
  3. Assemble the salad and drizzle on as much dressing as you like. (remember to remove that garlic piece). Store extra dressing at room temp for a day or so.


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  1. Rachel from popandsizzle.com

    Your photos are always so incredible. I’m definitely making this ASAP, before summer is officially over!

    • Jeanine

      thanks! I know, it’s hard to believe summer is almost over (and this is my first watermelon recipe!)

    • Jeanine

      thanks Katrina!

    • Jeanine

      glad I’m not the only one 🙂

  2. Ugh, I hate that! All that money for a disappointing salad. This salad is so pretty. I would hate to touch it or eat it and destroy how perfect it looks!

    • Jeanine

      oh but it’s so fun to make it pretty and then mess it all up 🙂

  3. This seriously looks perfect in every way. I haven’t made a watermelon salad yet this summer – I need to make this before the season is over! Better late than never!

    • Jeanine

      ha, yep that’s what I was thinking… should have thought of this in, say, July, but oh well 🙂

  4. The southeast asian in me loves sweet and spicy – esp. when you throw in some fruit. Thanks for this.

    • Jeanine

      thanks! I just love the balance of sweet & spicy foods 🙂

  5. Kathryne from cookieandkate.com

    Man, there’s nothing more disappointing than a bad restaurant salad. I take that back—I ordered a grilled cheese at a bistro that I really like the other day, hoping to receive a decadent, lightly charred, cheesy affair, and it was a total disappointment. How can they get a grilled cheese wrong, but a curried carrot soup so right?! Doesn’t make sense. Anyway, this salad looks perfect. Glad you got your watermelon fix.

    • Jeanine

      Ha, I feel like more places get grilled cheese wrong than right… although yum, about the curried carrot soup, I could totally go for that right now!

  6. Tieghan from halfbakedharvest.com

    I love the spicy in this!! So my thing and my gosh, this is so pretty. I love it and need to make is this weekend!

  7. Winnie from healthygreenkitchen.com

    This looks wonderful! I want to make it this weekend, too 😉

  8. Hi
    I love your blogue. So pretty photos… you use love in it.
    I love everything…
    (and I adore your kitchen too 🙂

  9. This looks beautiful, and so delicious! I love simple dishes like this one for the summer. I’ve flagged it as a must-try–I just bought a gorgeous little watermelon and this is what I’m going to make with it, thank you for sharing! 🙂

  10. Lys from livinlyssa.wordpress.com

    It’s like you always know what’s waiting to be used in my kitchen! Just picked up a watermelon yesterday!

  11. Lindsey from dollyandoatmeal.com

    I love that these watermelons have black seeds! Even when I buy organic at my local farm market, I have a hard time finding the black seeds I grew up loving to spit out! In any event, lovely salad! I’m glad you got to enjoy this one, and for probably half the price.

  12. Sara Gray from saralovesportland.com

    I love the idea of the watermelon and spiciness — so summery. This is going on the list for sure. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

  13. dawn

    this salad appears to be perfect conceptually… Its beautiful and completely balnced with flavors… Acid + Fat + Spice + Sweet = Delicious… Thank you so much… avocado and watermelon never occurred to me before.. but you set it forth in a recipe where i cannot see a reason why not

  14. Kate from omyheartkate.com

    I have made this twice in the last two days and I am completely obsessed! Everything goes together so perfectly! I put mine on a bigger bed of mixed greens but otherwise followed exactly and it’s SO good – officially my salad of the summer! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Natalie

    Just made this with some leftover watermelon. I LOVE how convenient your side bar is, just a click and all the watermelon recipes come up. I didn’t have lime so I had to substitute with lemons. Delish! Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • jeanine

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for the feedback – I’m glad the sidebar is helpful 🙂

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