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Spicy Watermelon Salad

Serves 8 (serving size: 1 cup)

Total Time
20 mins

Matthew Lewis, chef and owner of the Where Ya At Matt? food truck in Seattle, makes this side dish in the height of summer, when melons are at their best. The cool, sweet juice of the fruit really hits the spot on a hot day.

su-Spicy Watermelon Salad

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Randy Mon
 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
 1 white onion, sliced into thin rings
 2 qts. (2 lbs.) cubed watermelon
 1/4 cup lime juice
 1 jalapeño chile, halved, seeded, and sliced
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
 8 ounces feta or cotija cheese, broken into chunks
 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 1 teaspoon pepper
 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Step 1

Heat vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat until boiling. Add onion and cook, turning as needed, until it's pink and most of vinegar is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Spoon onion out of pan, let cool slightly, then roughly chop.

Step 2

Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add onion and toss just to combine.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 134Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.3g10%

Saturated Fat 4.3g22%
Cholesterol 25mg9%
Sodium 413mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 15g5%

Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Protein 5.2g11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.