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Tangy Watermelon Salad

The refreshing blend of watermelon, red onions and a splash of citrus always does me proud at picnics and potlucks. I like to prepare it a day ahead so the flavors have a chance to blend, and I use the rind as a colorful serving bowl. If you're short on time, simply substitute any bottled citrus vinaigrette. —Alisha Duncan, Blanchard, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 14 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon and onions. In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, vinegar, honey, red pepper and seasonings; slowly whisk in the oil.
  • Pour over watermelon mixture; toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 147 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • cindysunflower
    Dec 26, 2015

    I thought the combination of ingredients was a little odd, but this got great reviews so I tried it for a potluck lunch. I followed the directions and did let it sit overnight as suggested for the flavors to blend. We did not think the combination of watermelon, oil, onions, orange juice, pepper, etc really worked. It was not a big hit.

  • darkkitten2003
    May 26, 2015

    Just made this for our Memorial Day cookout, and it was delicious! I also let it sit overnight for the flavors to blend, really good and refreshing, also a nice alternative to the usual macaroni salad, potato salad sides. Will be making this more often!

  • LaraRenayUK
    Sep 10, 2014

    Absolutely delicious - a real hit! Left it in the fridge overnight, and then drew off a lot of the liquid before serving. Can't wait to make again.

  • luigimon
    Aug 10, 2014

    This is very good! Make sure you let it refrigerate longer than the two hours it calls for. Not so tangy unless it chills for several hours, but so good with the onions!

  • e4woodall
    Aug 5, 2014

    I didn't try to measure out the watermelon; I just threw it all in a large roasting pan as I was making it for a large group. I sprinkled punk Himalayan salt over the watermelonI added celery & cucumber, and I think next time I would add clementines as well. I think I'd also ditch the veg oil part of the dressing and add either some lemon or lime juice. Even so, it was a big hit!

  • saucywitch
    Jul 21, 2014

    Sounds delicious, tho 14 cups sounds like a strange measurement!

  • MOTCook
    Jul 20, 2014

    I made this for a family picnic. It was delicious. I was glad there were leftovers to bring home so I can keep eating it!!!

  • djk69
    Jul 20, 2014

    this would also b delicious with just a little jalapeno, some cilantro, and fresh lime juice.

  • dollargirl
    Jun 14, 2014

    Fabulous recipe!

  • kschneider8942
    Sep 25, 2013

    This is a great twist on just plain watermelon. My whole family loved it!