Watermelon is the quintessential summer snack. It's sweet, hydrating, and oh so refreshing.
After consuming a great deal of watermelon one shabbos afternoon, I started thinking if it can be served as a side dish and be an actual part of the meal as opposed to just being a snack or dessert.
Watermelon can definitely be savory, it's delicious served with feta or Bulgarit cheese, but I wanted to have it in a pareve dish. So I turned to Asian flavors for some spice to balance out the watermelon's sweetness. When you mix the watermelon with soy sauce, sriracha, ginger, roasted peanuts and some fresh herbs you end up with the perfect summer salad.
Sweet, salty, spicy, crunchy you'll be munching on this all summer long.
Spicy Watermelon Salad
Juice of 1 lime
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbs soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sriracha
1/2 inch ginger peeled and minced
4 cups watermelon cut into bite-size cubes- about 1 quarter of a large watermelon
1/2 cup mint leaves, coarsely chopped
2 green onions, sliced
Zest of 1 lime
2 Tbs toasted white sesame seeds
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
In a small bowl whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, jalapeño, and ginger. In a large bowl toss the watermelon with the mint, green onion, lime zest, sesame seeds, and peanuts. Pour the dressing over the watermelon and toss to coat.