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Asian Watermelon Salad

A summer salad that is full of sweet watermelon, fresh mint, cilantro and basil. Asian Watermelon Salad is tossed in an easy lime dressing with a little spice from the jalapeño pepper. It is so easy to put together and will make any summer dinner party exciting!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Salad, summer, vegan, watermelon
Servings: 6
Author: Lora


  • 1/3 cup peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots 1 thinly sliced, 1 finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 2 - inch piece ginger peeled and minced
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoons cocktail peanuts roughly chopped


  • Heat the peanut oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F.
  • Add the sliced shallot and cook (make sure you reserve the other portion for your dressing), stirring often, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; season with salt.
  • Whisk 2 tablespoons of the frying oil, the chopped shallot, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and jalapeno in a large bowl.
  • Add the watermelon and toss to combine.
  • Let sit 10 minutes.
  • Add the cilantro, basil, mint and 2 tablespoons peanuts to the salad and season with salt; toss to combine. Top salad with chopped peanuts and fried shallot.


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