Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Packed with fresh summer produce like melons, cucumber, bell peppers, citrus, mint and more, Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad boasts a tangy, sweet, and spicy lime vinaigrette. It’s simple to make, can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and pairs well with classic cookout staples like burgers, brats, and more.

Packed with fresh summer produce like melons, cucumber, bell peppers, citrus, mint and more, Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad boasts a tangy, sweet, and spicy lime vinaigrette. It’s simple to make, can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and pairs well with classic cookout staples like burgers, brats, and more.

I’m excited to be working with Shipt to share this recipe for Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad as part of their Virtual Memorial Day Potluck. Thanks to them for sponsoring!

My entire family gathers at our lake house over Memorial Day weekend every year. Mom, Dad, the girls, Brent, my in-laws, my sis and her crew, my cousins, my aunt, sometimes some friends…it is always the usual Johnson/Grainger/Marshall chaotic crew (and I wouldn’t have it any other way). This tradition of kicking off the season over Memorial Day is my favorite because it rings in something I have loved since I was a child–summer lake season. Over the next few months we’ll be swimming, boating, relaxing – and of course, grilling and eating!

 

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Packed with fresh summer produce like melons, cucumber, bell peppers, citrus, mint and more, Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad boasts a tangy, sweet, and spicy lime vinaigrette. It's simple to make, can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and pairs well with classic cookout staples like burgers, brats, and more.

BUT, if your May has been anything like mine, there’s quite a bit to get done before we pack the car and head to the lake. Between “Water Day” at Frances’s school, preschool graduation for Ellie, dance recitals for both girls, and living the mompreneur life (ie. Work!), the month of May has left me little time for much else include Memorial Day menu planning and grocery shopping.

 

Mommy Sanity + Survival = A Shipt Membership

So how do I plan to do it? My secret is Shipt and it makes me so happy to check “grocery shopping” off my task list. I’ve come to rely on Shipt during busy school weeks, but I can’t wait to use the service this summer–especially when planning groceries for our family lake weekends.

If you’re a little skeptical about someone else doing your grocery shopping, let me tell you, after one delivery you won’t be any more. I’ll admit that I was too at first because I can be picky with brands, label reading and choosing produce, etc.

  • Would Shipt be just as fresh as food at my local market?
  • Would the produce be ripe and crisp or would it be hard and blemished?
  • Would the meat and fish really be the quality and cut I specified?

The answer is yes, yes, and yes! Every delivery I’ve received from Shipt was as if I had picked the items myself. And if a substitution has to be made, my Shipt shopper contacts me to verify the change – something that I love!

My annual Shipt membership has saved me tons of time, and the load it lifts from my task list and stress level makes it worth every penny. All that time I would’ve been grocery shopping this summer is now extra time to swim at the lake with my girls and enjoy summer!

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Dig In to Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Packed with fresh summer produce like melons, cucumber, bell peppers, citrus, mint and more, Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad boasts a tangy, sweet, and spicy lime vinaigrette. It's simple to make, can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and pairs well with classic cookout staples like burgers, brats, and more.

A recipe that I’ll definitely be making this weekend (and that I will be putting in a grocery order for Thursday night for Friday morning delivery) is my Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad. A simple side that features summer favorites like fresh melons, cucumbers, citrus and mint. The salad pairs perfectly with burgers, hotdogs, barbecue – or whatever is on your Memorial Day grill – and I love having a fresh alternative to starchy sides.

These fresh ingredients are sure to make your mouth water!!

to make the Vinaigrette…

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad -- Lime Zest

Zest a lime

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad - Lime Juice

Juice the limes

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Add orange juice

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Add sugar, crushed red pepper, and salt

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Add jalapeño

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Whisk in olive oil

 

to Make The Watermelon Salad…

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Chop watermelon

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Chop cantaloupe

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Chop mango

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Add diced cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, and diced bell pepper

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Add fresh cilantro and fresh mint

 

Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad

Toss with the vinaigrette

 

Packed with fresh summer produce like melons, cucumber, bell peppers, citrus, mint and more, Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad boasts a tangy, sweet, and spicy lime vinaigrette. It’s simple to make, can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and pairs well with classic cookout staples like burgers, brats, and more.

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Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad
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Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 8-10 cups
 
Packed with fresh summer produce like melons, cucumber, bell peppers, citrus, mint and more, Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad boasts a tangy, sweet, and spicy lime vinaigrette. It's simple to make, can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and pairs well with classic cookout staples like burgers, brats, and more.
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice (about 2-3 limes)
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ⅛ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 3 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 1 mango, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • ½ English cucumber, diced
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Whisk together lime zest, lime juice, and next 6 ingredients (through olive oil) in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine watermelon, cantaloupe, and next 6 ingredients (through mint) in a large bowl; stirring gently until thoroughly mixed. Toss with lime juice mixture until evenly coated. Cover and chill 20 minutes or until ready to serve.
Notes
Double the ingredients in the recipe to feed a crowd.

 

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Packed with fresh summer produce like melons, cucumber, bell peppers, citrus, mint and more, Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad boasts a tangy, sweet, and spicy lime vinaigrette. It’s simple to make, can easily be doubled to feed a crowd, and pairs well with classic cookout staples like burgers, brats, and more.

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