Chile Lime Melon Salad recipe

Chile Lime Melon Salad

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This refreshing salad has the unexpected sensation of heat from a jalapeño pepper, combined with the cool, sweet taste of melons. A squeeze of lime adds a little tartness, and the addition of sea salt brings all the flavors together. The result is a delicious melon salad that makes a perfect summertime dish. It’s easy to make and goes great with just about anything grilled.

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Chile Lime Melon Salad


  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cups cantaloupe, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • Juice from 2 limes (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon seeded and finely diced jalapeño pepper, or to taste
  • Kosher or coarse sea salt to taste


Place the melons in a large bowl and set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the salt, in a smaller bowl and whisk well. Pour over the melons and toss evenly to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Just before serving, toss the salad again and add the salt. If you add the salt too early, it will draw more liquid out of the melons. You can serve this salad in individual bowls to catch some of the extra juice or serve it with a slotted spoon.

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