As soon as watermelon season starts, countless recipes for watermelon tomato salads start popping up. The majority of them have fresh herbs, salty cheese, and basil or balsamic vinaigrette. I wanted to stray away from the norm and dress it up a little differently by pairing this popular salad with a zesty coconut lime dressing. With a slightly Asian influence, this watermelon tomato salad is different but in a good way. Oh, and did I mention? It only takes 15 minutes to make the salad! Jackpot!

watermelon tomato salad

watermelon tomato salad

watermelon tomato salad


Serves 2


Watermelon Tomato Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

15 minTotal Time

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    Coconut lime dressing
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk
  • juice and zest of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Salad
  • 2 cups watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup Thai basil, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp pistachios, chopped


  1. Make the coconut lime dressing. Whisk together all ingredients, seasoning the dressing with salt and pepper.
  2. Toss watermelon and cherry tomatoes with coconut lime dressing. Top with Thai basil, mint, and chopped pistachios. Serve cold.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

This watermelon tomato salad is without a doubt one of the easiest recipes. There is no cooking required, just some chopping and stirring. I did say this recipe was perfect for the summer right? That also applies to the preparation. I am a strong believer in spending as few hours in a hot kitchen as possible.

watermelon tomato salad

You can even make the coconut lime dressing and chop the watermelon and tomatoes the day before. The next day just toss everything together with the fresh herbs and pistachios and it’s ready to be served. The coconut lime dressing is very light with just a hint of zest and sweetness to balance the flavors. The idea is to lightly dress the watermelon and tomatoes to make them a little brighter; we don’t want to overshadow the key players with complex flavors.

This watermelon tomato salad is one of my go-tos when I want to impress some friends (but don’t want to slave away for hours!). I’ll say it again, the perfect summer salad.

watermelon tomato salad



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