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Watermelon Salad [Options for Paleo, Vegan, Whole30]

Sweet and Spicy, in a salad?  I’m watermelovinit.

It’s a few days after July 4th and that means I have a ton of leftover watermelon in my fridge that I need to eat before it goes bad.  That is pretty much how this salad was born. 

This recipe is super simple to throw together.  The Tajin seasoning really takes the flavor up a few notches.  If you have not tried Tajin yet, you are in for a treat!  It’s basically a chili lime flavoring (Whole30 compliant, too!).  Have you ever gotten a margarita at a restaurant and instead of salt on the rim, it is an orange, spicy, salt? That is more than likely Tajin! Buy some and keep it in your spice rack and you will be glad you did.

The other piece of this recipe is the olive oil.  I have just normal, everyday, extra virgin olive oil as an ingredient and it works great, but if you have access to any citrus infused olive oils, I recommend using that instead.  Check the notes below for more details on what I use!

With a few ingredients, this is a great summer salad. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. spring mixed greens (baby romaine, lettuce, spinach, and arugula blend).  Can substitute for your favorite greens.
  • 1 cup of cubed watermelon
  • ¼ cup of chopped red onion
  • 1 handful of sliced almonds (approximately ⅛ to ¼ cup)
  • 2 tsp of Tajin Seasoning
  • The juice of ½ of a lime
  • 1 ½ TBSP of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 oz. of crumbled goat cheese (or feta).  [Omit if Whole30, Paleo, or Vegan]

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, add mixed greens and then the watermelon, onion, goat cheese and almonds.
  2. Sprinkle the Tajin seasoning over the salad
  3. Add olive oil and lime juice directly to the salad bowl.
  4. Toss and enjoy.

Notes:

  • Omit goat cheese if you are eating Paleo, Vegan, or Whole 30.
  • For a full meal, add grilled shrimp or chicken as a good source of protein.
  • If you have any citrus infused olive oil, use it instead of the standard extra virgin olive oil. It adds such a deeper layer of flavor.  When I have it, I use the lime olive oil from Figone’s and it is life changing. 
  • If you don’t have watermelon, you can replace it with pineapple, cantaloupe, or mango.
  • If you are making this salad ahead of time, wait until the end to add the Tajin, olive oil, and lime juice because the olive oil and lime juice will make the salad soggy if too soon in advance.  The Tajin will extract the moisture from the ingredients if added too soon, making it soggy as well. 
  • This recipe yields two large servings.
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