Watermelon Salad with Grapefruit-Mint Vinaigrette

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Watermelon Salad with Grapefruit-Mint Vinaigrette

Next to blackberries and peaches, the fruit I look forward to most during the summer is watermelon. It brings back such fun memories, back when life was simpler. And there were fewer diapers to change.

My parents always kept a huge watermelon chilling in our fridge. After dinner, we’d go out to the front porch and carve it up. My dad would pass out large wedges before retiring to his chair next to my mom. Other times, he’d place the split melon on the porch and just pass out spoons. Friendly turf wars immediately ensued over which side of the watermelon was salted and which was left plain. Like my mom, I am a proud watermelon salter! A dash of salt on a bite of ice cold watermelon is truly one of life’s simple, yet ultimate treats.

The kids would dig in, juices running down our forearms and chin. We were very careful to reserve the seeds for the post-snack seed spitting contest. We’d stand at the top step of the porch and give it everything we had. Seriously, what a sight that must have been. I wonder if my mom silently prayed that we’d find a little class and refinement before we were unleashed on the world as adults 🙂

She’d interject only when the arguments over whose seed went farther got out of hand. Those little black seeds are quite hard to see in the failing light! My dad would sit there quietly, with only the orange tip of his cigarette to remind you he was still there. Pretty soon, the only things we could see as we ran across the front yard, shrieking and playing tag, were the glow from his cigarette and the twinkles from the lightnin’ bugs.

Watermelon isn’t just for dessert anymore, though. One of my very favorite ways to serve it is in salad form with grapefruit vinaigrette and mint – it’s the perfect cold side to a pair of beef skewers, fresh from the grill. The sweet watermelon, tart grapefruit, and minty vinaigrette make one of life’s simple treats really something special!

Watermelon Salad with Grapefruit-Mint Vinaigrette


  • 1/2 small watermelon, sliced and cut into wedges/chunks
  • 1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large grapefruit
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Small handful of mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup canola or olive oil


  1. Place watermelon and red onion on a serving plate.
  2. Peel and segment the grapefruits over a bowl to catch the juice.
  3. Place the grapefruit wedges on the serving platter and squeeze the remaining grapefruit (the leftovers from segmenting the grapefruit) into the bowl. Discard the remaining pulp after extracting all the juice you can from it.
  4. Place 1/4 of the grapefruit juice into the blender with juice from 1/2 a lime, salt, pepper, and mint leaves.
  5. Blend on high while slowly streaming in the olive oil.
  6. Serve the dressing on the side or drizzled over the salad.


Yields: 6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

We’ve submitted this recipe to the side dish week of Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans.

19 comments… add one
  • Thank goodness for Grandparents, because of them and their love of watermelon (I’m not a huge fan) my kids will have similar memories to share when they are older. There is always a watermelon in their fridge. The only difference between their memories and mine will be the seed spitting contests…no seeds nowadays.

    • I spent more time picking seeds out of the last “seedless” watermelon I bought… there’s still hope 🙂

  • Looks gorgeous and refreshing!

  • This looks terrific! I too love watermelon for nostalgic reasons, and its amazing taste! I’ve gotten really into using it in ceviche or a shrimp salad, such a great summer combo!

    • Ooooh – in ceviche? The Foodie Groom is *all* about ceviche. I think we need to pursue that immediately 🙂

  • love watermelon salad! We add feta to ours 🙂

  • Your salad looks really yummy!

  • I have to say it again….I not only love this recipe, but your photo is incredible. Now that summer is here, I cannot wait to try this one out with watermelon. I always seem to end up with so much…but this would be an incredible way to change it up a little and be a great way to use the whole melon! Thank you!

  • I’m not big into grapefruit but having seen your picture, I’d be willing to pair it with watermelon. Your food styling is gorgeous!

  • I loooove watermelon too and this looks amazing..will have to try it

  • My dad and I used to sit on the floor of his bedroom and eat watermelon (with salt shakers in hand!). He’d layer the floor with newspaper so we could spit our seeds out while my mom cringed.

    I keep imagining this recipe with feta cheese in it. Yum!

  • This looks incredible. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Lisa

    I think there’s a typo. You only call for 1 grapefruit, then you say to cut in into wedges then juice “the remaing” grapefruit . It’s not clear how much grapefruit is used for wedges, and how much for juice. How many servings does this make?

    • Lisa, there’s no typo. After you segment the grapefruit, you’ll squeeze the leftovers (“the remaining grapefruit”) into the bowl to extract the remaining juice.

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