Spicy Watermelon Salad

What’s more refreshing than watermelon? Very little in our book. Add in jalapeño and you’ve got a summer-time salad worth noting! This is one of those salads that’s perfect as an appetizer, as a light lunch, or even as a dessert. It crosses mealtime boundaries.

For less spice, prepare it right before serving. For more, let the salad sit for four to six hours prior to serving The watermelon will take-in the spiciness from the jalapeños. Or you could opt to step it up to a serrano pepper for additional heat.

Spicy Watermelon Salad
Spicy Watermelon Salad

Spicy Watermelon Salad

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 6 cups watermelon cubed
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeds removed, cut lengthwise, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes optional
  • Salt to taste


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and refrigerate.


Adapted from Shoot What You Eat


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on October 6, 2021 to include new content. It was originally published on May 31, 2014.