SPICY CUCUMBER WATERMELON SALAD

cucumber watermelon salad

The heat from the chilies and the acid from the lime are great counterpoints to the crisp and sweet watermelon and cucumber, making this salad ultra-refreshing.

INGREDIENTS

For 6

1/4 cup shallot, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 lime, juiced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional for extra heat)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 to 1 teaspoon sriracha, depending on how spicy you like it

4 cups watermelon, chopped into 1 inch cubes

4 cups Japanese (or any thin skinned) cucumber, halved and sliced 1/2 inch thick

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, combine the shallot, brown sugar, lime juice, jalapenos (if you want it quite hot), garlic, salt and sriracha, stirring to combine.

In a large bowl mix together the cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Pour the dressing on top of the watermelon, and stir to combine. Serve alone or with your favorite summer entrée.