Make the most of summer’s best with this Mojito Watermelon Salad! This sweet watermelon salad with the right amount of mint and lime is a refreshing and easy summer side dish.
I really wish this recipe had a better story. Usually something happens that doesn’t involve an overactive mint plant, a determination to make fruit salad in a watermelon bowl, and a lot of people to feed. Also, I’m really bad at making composed fruit salads. There’s entirely too much pressure to find the right mix of fruits, an excess of cantaloupe, and usually fresh pineapple that I can’t eat. That is entirely too much thinking for a summer fruit salad.
Anyway, when you find a perfect fruit bowl watermelon at the store, but don’t just want to serve plain cut watermelon, mojito watermelon salad is your answer.
Why are you calling it mojito watermelon salad? Does it have alcohol?
No, it doesn’t have alcohol as written. If you wanted, you could always add a splash of clear rum. I call this a mojito watermelon salad because of the combination of mint and lime. Non-alcoholic mojitos are still called “mojitos”, and since that was the inspiration for the salad, there we go. And isn’t it just fun to say?
Like this isn’t “regular” watermelon salad, it’s a “cool” salad. 1,000 imaginary internet bonus points if you caught the movie reference.
This sweet watermelon salad really is refreshing though. I saw multiple people grab seconds, and it’s nice to have a watermelon salad without cheese. Feta cheese is amazing and all, but you can make a dairy free watermelon salad. Options are beautiful.
Can I make this in advance?
You can cut the day before serving if you’d like, but for best results, mix the dressing with the watermelon the same day you plan to serve. I dressed the entire watermelon in the video for the party and we had about 1/3 leftover. The day after it was still good, but by the second day after the party, the lime had caused some of the watermelon to soften a bit.
I have enjoyed mixing up the lime and honey sauce separately, adding the mint, and then using it on an “as needed” basis to dress my watermelon for a mini serving of salad. That lasts about a week in the fridge and is a GREAT option if you don’t need to make a huge batch of watermelon salad but still want something fun to “dress” your fruit.
Would this work with other fruit?
Probably, yes. It would likely be lovely on a mixed berry salad, or any fruit that pairs well with mint.
Do I need a special kind of watermelon to make a fruit bowl?
I would recommend looking for a watermelon that sits rather evenly on its side. You don’t see this in the video or photos, but the watermelon I used today had a very small flat spot on one side. This is where it rested on the ground, and it just happened to be at the perfect spot to make a watermelon fruit bowl.
If you can’t find a watermelon that already has a flat spot, you can slice a very thin bit of rind off the outside of the melon to create a flat spot. Should you do this, just be sure to place the melon bowl on a plate or board or something for serving.
I hope you enjoy this mojito watermelon salad recipe, darlings. Stay cool this summer!
- 1 medium seedless watermelon - about 8 cups chopped watermelon
- 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- zest from 1 lime
- 1/3 cup mint leaves plus extra for garnish
- Cut your watermelon into bite-sized cubes. If using part of the rind as a bowl, be careful when scooping the flesh from the bowl side.
- Cut the 1/3 cup of fresh mint leaves into small strips. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sweetener, lime juice, and lime zest.
- Pour the dressing over your watermelon. Add the mint leaves. Stir.
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