• Watermelon Mojito Salad Recipe

    This Watermelon Mojito Salad recipe is perfect for a summer picnic!

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    Its bright flavors of sweet watermelon, crisp cucumber, fresh mint, and tangy lime will have your taste buds doing a dance.

    Plus, this one is simple enough to scale up and bring to a large get-together or barbecue.

    I love this Watermelon Mojito Salad because it keeps well in warm weather situations, and it’s just savory enough to bring as a side dish.

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    If you want ideas for serving to make this a complete meal, try pairing this Watermelon Mojito Salad with one of these proteins:

    Recently, I gave this salad a facelift and photographed it all over again to really help the ingredients shine.

    Serving it in Mason jars with long spoons seemed like the perfect way to serve this relaxed warm-weather dish.

    Here’s the original:


    Watermelon Mojito Salad Recipe

    Prep Time 20 mins
    Total Time 20 mins
    Serves Serves 6     adjust servings


    • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
    • 1-1/2 cups seedless cucumber, cubed
    • 2 tbsp thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
    • Zest from two limes
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • Pinch of sea salt
    • Pinch of black pepper


    1. Cut the rind off the watermelon and cut into medium-sized cubes (about ½-inch).
    2. Peel the cucumber, if you prefer, and cut into similar sized cubes.
    3. Slice the mint leaves thinly. To chiffonade, stack the leaves on top of each other. Roll them up lengthwise into a bundle, then thinly slice.
    4. Combine these ingredients in a large bowl.
    5. In a smaller bowl or a small jar, combine the lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir (or shake) well to combine. Pour over the watermelon and cucumber and stir well.


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    62 thoughts on “Watermelon Mojito Salad Recipe

    1. No matter how many times I try it, I just don’t like cucumbers. Would have a good suggestion for a substitute? I was thinking jicama might be a good option.

        1. What is jicama? Never heard of this!! I have a seedless watermelon in my fridge, I am DYING to eat it, but wanted to make a salad which I’ve never done!! I don’t care for mint flavors, never had fresh mint, would fresh basil be ok? Or just omit herbs completely? What is your suggestion? Thanks so much


      1. Hi- I do a variation of this but much simpler which you might like. Just cut up bite sized pieces of watermelon, drizzle with lime juice and toss with chiffonaded fresh mint leaves (vey thinly sliced). I skip the cukes,olive oil and salt/pepper and I tell you it is always a hit at parties, picnics, bbqs, etc. Always light and refreshing.

    2. I should’ve taken a picture of my face when I tasted this. I have a feeling is was awesome. But not as awesome as this taste sensation.

    3. looking at this recipe, it reminds me of something we make alot in my country…except we add garlic…chop up a raw pepper (the hot kind..habanero or whatever you guys have over there – i’m not really sure) and we use alot of a seasoning in it that we call chadon beni…i think the closest you guys get to it is coriander but there’s a list of names that it’s called in other countries on this website: (http://www.simplytrinicooking.com/2009/05/chadon-beni-trini-herb-extraordinaire.html#axzz2UyiuOFuB)

      if you would like to try it. we do it to almost any fruit – preferrably a half ripe one because it’s supposed to be tart, not sweet, but it’s particularly yummy with mangoes (caribbean ones – asian ones taste completely different) , pineapple, apples, cucumber and tomato, and if you have access to a west indian/caribbean market, look for fruits called pomeracs, carambola/five fingers, caribbean cherries, caribbean plumbs, pommecythere. it’s super yum, i promise!

        1. I added a little Tapatio and sprinkled Cayenne, got the heat but it wasn’t as good as expected. Gave it a stir, will check again in the morning after the flavors have mingled 😉

    4. This is so awesome, I cannot find the words! The bitterness of the cucumber & tartness of the lime is combined with the sweetness of watermelon! Addiction!

      1. High five, Kelly! I love this one…when I post recipes, it’s because they’re ones I make for myself. Let’s just say this one gets a lot of use in my house. I’m stoked you like it!

    5. Can’t wait to make this for the 4th. I think I will hollow out the watermelon and use it as the serving dish! Also thought this might be a great recipe to run through the blender and make freeze pops! – I will be trying both ways and will report back!

      1. Rhonda…you are a genius. Freeze pops of watermelon mojito salad = YES! I love it. So glad you shared that.

    6. This was my first attempt at making a paleo meal. It was a little touch and go at first, but it turned out great. You sure can’t say it’s boring or lacks flavor! I also picked up a fresh coconut to drink with it and couldn’t be happier. Thanks for the recipe!

    7. I’m addicted to this recipe!!! I love it and I love that the watermelon doesn’t have to be awesome for the while thing to still taste great. Thank you for the recipe!!! 🙂

    8. This salad is dang delicious. Other than doubling it, I followed the recipe as written. I served it along side the Primal Breakfast Casserole from Mark’s Daily Apple and grilled asparagus for a [email protected]$$ Father’s Day Brunch.

    9. Just in case anyone enjoys a cocktail…

      Straining the juice (when the salad is gone) and mixing it with some tequila and a splash of lacroix…??

    10. This really turned out great! I increased the recipe to bring to a July 4th party here in the ATL. I even made a basket out of the watermelon … not bad for a guy who couldn’t cook AT ALL before starting Paleo in January!

    11. This is really good. Thanks for sharing it. I didn’t like the cucumbers the first night, but letting it sit overnight made it perfection. I love cucumbers so i was confused as to why I didn’t like them.
      The combo of lime, mint and watermelon is perfection…how have I lived this long without it?

    12. Just stopped in to tell you I made this for a party this past weekend. I made a huge (HUGE!) bowl and every scrap was gone! I did add just a dash of cayenne to off-set the sweetness. It was a big hit! Will certainly make again! Thanks, Steph!!

    13. I tried this recipe yesterday and it was delicious! It is fresh and tastfull. I had two friends over for dinner and they liked it very much. Thanks for sharing:-)

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