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Watermelon salad with fried shallots

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for watermelon salad with fried shallots.

By Emma Knowles & Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 8 - 10
  • 15 mins preparation
Watermelon salad with fried shallots
Watermelon salad with fried shallots

The fresh, fragrant flavours of this simple salad make it a summertime go-to - Christmas Day or not. Chill the ingredients and dress the salad just before serving so it remains crisp. Shop-bought fried shallots work just as well as homemade here.


  • ¼ small seedless watermelon, cut into thin triangles
  • ¾ cup each (loosely packed) coriander, Vietnamese mint and mint
  • To serve: fried shallots
Lime-chilli dressing
  • 2 tbsp raw caster sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1 birdseye chilli, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp each lime juice, fish sauce and rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil


  • 1
    For lime-chilli dressing, pound sugar, garlic and chilli with a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste, combine with remaining ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until required.
  • 2
    To serve, arrange watermelon and herbs in a serving dish, drizzle with lime-chilli dressing to taste and serve scattered with fried shallots.