Serve This Dish At Every Party This Season


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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, but 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.

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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 can count on zero hands how many large watermelons I’ve tackled this summer, but I love small ones because they’re easy to cut. They’re also sweeter than most watermelon — and just perfect for the salty, tangy, creamy & spicy ingredients I put with it.

Thinly sliced red onion
Cotija or feta cheese (omit if vegan or raw)
Avocado cubes
Mint and/or basil
Sprouts or small salad greens
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 jalapeño, sliced
Optional: 1 clove of garlic, smashed (remove it before using)
Salt & pepper

Whisk together the dressing, set aside.

Cube your watermelon, add a few good pinches of salt & a squeeze of lime.

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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