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Asian Watermelon Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
This Watermelon Salad is summer on a platter. It's super fresh, sweet, salty, tangy and crunchy, all at the same time. The fresh herbs and Asian-inspired dressing create a delicious burst of fabulous flavor.
Course: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Asian Watermelon Salad, Watermelon Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 122 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the pickled red onions:
  • ½ medium-size red onion
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
For the almonds:
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
For the salad:
  • 4-6 ounces greens arugula, baby spinach, pea shoots, watercress, etc., whatever looks prettiest and freshest
  • 1 cup fresh herb leaves basil, mint and/or cilantro
  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • ½ cup crumbled Feta cheese
For the pickled red onions:
  1. 30-45 minutes before serving time, combine the red onion, rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake the container 3-4 times before serving to keep the onions coated with the rice vinegar mixture.

For the dressing:
  1. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, honey and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes or until sauce is reduced to a thick syrupy consistency.
For the almonds:
  1. Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat. Melt the 1 teaspoon of butter then add the almonds and cook, stirring frequently, until light golden brown. Add the salt and stir to combine. Turn the almonds out to cool on a plate or pan lined with several thickness of paper towels.
For the salad:
  1. Line a large platter with the greens and approximately ¾ of the fresh herb leaves, mounding the greens up a bit in the center.

  2. Scatter the watermelon, pickled red onions, Feta cheese and remaining herbs over the greens. Drizzle some of the dressing lightly over the salad and top with the almonds. Seve extra dressing at the table. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and helpful tips.

Nutrition Facts
Asian Watermelon Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 701mg30%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 577IU12%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.