Watermelon salad

Photographer: Adam
Serves 4

We are very fortunate to be in the Southern Hemisphere right now, enjoying warm summer days, long evenings and an abundance of fresh produce right when we feel like a bit of light relief after the excesses of Christmas.  This simple salad combines sweet, juicy watermelon, a little chilli for heat and a zingy sake dressing. Great on its own, as a side for grilled chicken or fish, or, add some fried haloumi for a more substantial salad.


1 long cucumber, deseeded
2 medium or 3 small fennel bulbs
800g watermelon (about ¼ of a whole melon), seeds removed
Generous handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
Zest of 1 lime
2 long red chillies, finely sliced

50 ml sake
Juice of 2 limes
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper

Lime wedges to serve


1. Finely slice cucumber. Remove outer leaves and top from fennel bulbs, and finely slice. Cut watermelon into roughly 3cm cubes.
2. Combine cucumber, fennel, watermelon and mint in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add chilli and lime zest and mix to combine. Chill until ready to serve.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Season to taste.

Dress salad immediately before serving.