This spicy watermelon summer salad is the epitome of summer and a must-have side dish for your summer BBQs! Juicy watermelon and tangy farm-fresh tomatoes make a perfect base for this sweet and savory low carb summer treat. Thinly sliced red onion and minced fresh jalapeños add depth and a bit of spice, while cotija cheese and cilantro lend Mexican flair. Finish it off with a dressing made with avocado oil, lime juice, and salsa and you're good to go!
3lgtomatoes (about 2 1/4 lb)seeded and coarsely chopped
3/4smred onionvery thinly sliced
3lgjalapeñosseeded and minced
6ozcotija cheese blockcrumbled
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepperto taste
For the Dressing
Whisk avocado oil, lime juice, salsa, and garlic. Set aside.
For the Salad
Combine watermelon, tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, and cheese. Gently toss with dressing. Add sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve immediately.
This recipe makes ten servings. Ten side-salad-sized servings to keep it keto-friendly. Please adjust accordingly.
This spicy watermelon summer salad doesn't keep well. Everything is super-juicy, so it starts breaking down pretty quickly. It's best served immediately. Leftovers are no bueno.
Jalapeños vary widely in spiciness. For a spicier salad, leave the seeds or add a second jalapeño. Test yours first to see how spicy it is before diving in. Always wear gloves when handling fresh peppers!
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