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Watermelon Fruit Salad

What says summer more than watermelon? This recipe is Summery, Fresh and has just a FEW ingredients that pack a POW of surprisingly delicious taste! You can throw this summer-y watermelon fruit salad together in minutes and have everyone in AWE of your awesome abilities! Try it today!

close up of watermelon grapefruit salad on a white plate

Why This Recipe Works

  • Summery fresh ingredients that play off of one another surprisingly well! 
  • Delicious for dessert or a side. 
  • Easy to make ahead.

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1: 

Prep all ingredients and pour watermelon in a large bowl. 

large metal bowl of watermelon and glass bowl of grapefruit

STEP 2. 

Mix up the dressing ingredients.

hand mixing dressing ingredients in white bowl

STEP 3. 

Mix it all together and give it a big stir. 

large spoon mixing the fruit salad

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What Fruit Goes With Watermelon? 

Lots of fruits will go with watermelon, but the grapefruit adds a certain zing to this summertime salad that will have your family and friends begging for more!

How Long Does This Watermelon Fruit Salad Last? 

You’ll want to use this up in about 24 hours. Keep in covered in the refrigerator after serving. The watermelon becomes very watery after a few hours. 

Be sure to pour off additional juices that accumulate if they are overwhelming your salad. 

Can This Recipe Be Frozen? 

No, this recipe doesn’t freeze well. You would need a super fast freeze operation to make that work and most of us don’t have that at home. Best to just gobble it down right away! 

The good news is that this recipe is fairly low in calories! 

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time? 

Sure make it earlier in the day you want to use it or up to 24 hours ahead. You will note that it becomes watery the longer it sits, so best to use as soon as possible. 

Be sure to keep refrigerated after making. 

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Watermelon Fruit Salad

  • Cut your watermelon into bite sized pieces, no more than about a 1 inch cube. 
  • Be sure to avoid getting the white parts of the grapefruit rind in your salad, those are bitter. 
  • Cut out the heavy skin between sections of the grapefruit if possible. 
  • When making the dressing, it is important to taste it to see if it is sweet enough for you, if you notice that your watermelon isn’t that sweet, make the dressing sweeter. 
  • A wonderful substitution for the oil is the blood orange flavored type (you can find this at specialty olive oil stores). Same for the vinegar, a grapefruit vinegar works perfectly. 
  • This recipe makes quite a lot of salad and if you are serving this for only 2-4 people, I would recommend cutting the amounts in half (except the grapefruit, its fine to use a whole one with half a watermelon).

PRO TIP: Although personal size watermelons tend to be about the same size, there is some difference, if you notice that yours is quite big, you will want to double or even triple the other ingredients. Likewise, if it is smaller, reduce the other ingredients. 

overhead shot of watermelon salad on a plate

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close up of watermelon grapefruit salad on a white plate

Watermelon Fruit Salad

Summery, Fresh and just a FEW ingredients with a WOW surprisingly delicious taste! You can throw this summer-y watermelon fruit salad together in minutes and have everyone in AWE of your awesome abilities! Try it today!
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Course: fruit salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: watermelon fruit salad
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 336kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole personal size watermelon
  • 1 Grapefruit segmented and then the segments halved
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup White Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup honey
  • 2 Tbs Fish Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Lime Juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 Cup Salted Peanuts coarsely chopped
  • 6 Green Onions green part chopped - discard white part
  • 1 Cup fresh basil - cut into chiffonade.

Instructions

  • Cut watermelon into 1” cubes.
  • Cut the grapefruit into segments, remove the rind carefully removing all of the pith. Add this to the watermelon cubes and gently mix.
  • Mix together the olive oil, white vinegar, sugar, honey, fish sauce, lime juice, salt and pepper. Whisk well and then set aside.
  • Chop the peanuts coarsely and add to the watermelon bowl.
  • Add the green onions and basil to the salad and gently toss.
  • Just before serving, pour the dressing over and toss carefully. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Cut your watermelon into bite sized pieces, no more than about a 1 inch cube.
    Be sure to avoid getting the white parts of the grapefruit rind in your salad, those are bitter.
  • Cut out the heavy skin between sections of the grapefruit if possible.
  • When making the dressing, it is important to taste it to see if it is sweet enough for you, if you notice that your watermelon isn’t that sweet, make the dressing sweeter.
  • A wonderful substitution for the olive oil is a blood orange olive oil (you can find this at specialty olive oil stores). Same for the vinegar, a grapefruit vinegar works perfectly.
  • This recipe makes quite a lot of salad and if you are serving this for only 2-4 people,
  • I would recommend cutting the amounts in half (except the grapefruit, its fine to use a whole one with half a watermelon).
PRO TIP: Although personal size watermelons tend to be about the same size, there is some difference, if you notice that yours is quite big, you will want to double or even triple the other ingredients. Likewise, if it is smaller, reduce the other ingredients.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Watermelon Fruit Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 391mg16%
Potassium 588mg17%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 2544IU51%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Shailaja Desai

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Cool and refreshing!!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Hi Shailaja! Thanks! I'm glad you loved it! Thanks for leaving a comment!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 9th of July 2020

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