Spicy Watermelon Salad

Jalapenos are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapenos have a balanced combination of flavor and heat.

The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties. You can now get jalapenos with various heat level and sizes. These can be used in salsas, stuffed, or eaten straight with cheeseburgers (my personal favorite).

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  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 white onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 qts. (2 lbs.) cubed watermelon
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 jalapeƱo chile, halved, seeded, and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 8 ounces feta or cotija cheese, broken into chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne




  1. 1. Heat vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat until boiling. Add onion and cook, turning as needed, until it’s pink and most of vinegar is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Spoon onion out of pan, let cool slightly, then roughly chop.
  2. 2. Mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add onion and toss just to combine.