Watermelon Peanut Salad

Watermelon Peanut Salad


  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 sprigs basil, plus leaves for serving
  • 1/2 (6-lb.) baby seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into irregular bite-size pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup salted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flaky sea salt


  1. Stir lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and 1 Tbsp. water in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Lightly crush 2 basil sprigs by scrunching up in your hand and add to dressing along with watermelon; toss gently until coated.
  2. Transfer watermelon salad to a platter, leaving basil sprigs behind. Top with peanuts and basil leaves, drizzle with oil, and season with salt.
  3. Serve and enjoy!


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