Watermelon into a savory salad???? Yes, I did it. I had an impromptu craving to chill my throat with watermelon. I tried to search for the smallest size melon, digging inside the big basket in the mini market. I finally gave up because there was no outcome; I mean how small can a watermelon be? We eat and were satisfied with a few pieces of the chilled watermelon. It was back to square one now - what to do with the balance? We could have continued eating the fruit for the next few days or I can fall back to my previous recipe of
My mind lingered over something different and in flash of the moment, I decided to prepare a savory salad, appealing and stimulated with mint, shallots, chilies etc etc for the deep collisions of tastes and discernible crunchiness. The only minor setback is that the salad must be eaten once prepared. If not, it will become soggy as the juices from the melon will contribute to that. Making the salad is stress-free because all you got to do is chop/slice and toss the ingredients together. Savory dishes are great as a side dish yet you can nimble on as a healthy snack.
300g water melon - cut into mini cubes
1/4 cucumber - remove seeds and cut into small cubes
4-5 sprigs of mint leaves - lightly shredded
3-4 shallots - sliced thinly
1 green chili - sliced thinly
1-2 red/birds eye chilies - sliced thinly
1 1/2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp sugar
Salt for taste
Toss all the ingredients together before serving.
(Note: You can omit sugar if the melon has ample sweetness)