Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cilantro & Jalapeño

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cilantro & Jalapeño is a surprisingly well balanced dish that is fresh and light, and perfect for summer! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-20p

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cilantro & Jalapeño is a surprisingly well-balanced dish that is fresh and light, and perfect for summer!  Man, I love summer heat and fresh produce!

Life.  Am I right?  I have so many things going on right now that I don't even know what to tell you.  I guess there are 3 things I want to mention today.

I'm Moving

One quick conversation with one of Holley's best friends this week resulted in me deciding to move.  Nothing crazy, it's not one of those extreme moves across the planet to a new city to completely change my life.  Not the kind of totally life-changing moves that my parents both pulled off when they were young adults.  Not the kind of moves I've made in the past, bouncing around the province to start a new chapter in my life.

Actually, I'm only moving a couple blocks away.  Still close to the lake, now only a block away from one of the best farmer's markets in North America, and into a much larger kitchen that I am really excited to play in.

It's not an emotional move:  I'm not overly attached to my current apartment.  But I will have a roommate for the first time in 6 years.  I have to wear clothes in the kitchen now.  Oh em gee.  I have known for a while that I feel stagnant in my current space.  This little galley kitchen is a big part of it, and lighting and being stuck with my windows closed thanks to my neighbor who smokes at all hours of the night on his deck that is right next to my bedroom window, while coughing his nasty phlegmy cancer cough.  Almost as relaxing to listen to as my ocean sounds I use to sleep to.  Plus I'll be saving some cash.  And she has 3 great cats (yeah, I'm a cat-guy.  Actually I think that I myself am part cat).  So it seems like a no-brainer.  Oh, and there's a BBQ!!!

Long Weekend – Nature and Family Time

This last weekend was a long weekend here in Canada.  …or maybe just BC.  I dunno.  Anyway, my family got together at a lake where we had had cabin while I was growing up.  It's been over 20 years since I'd been out to this lake, so what we saw and what we remembered were a little different haha.  The weather wasn't awesome, but the nature was:  bald eagles, loons, ducks of different types, families of Canadian geese, deer, jumping fish, and a black fox with a white-tipped tail.

Watching my uber-cute nephews try fishing for the first time was so cool.  And how much fun is playing Lego (especially when the kids aren't getting in the way of your creations!)?  I love afternoon/evening game-times with some wobbly-pops and interesting conversations and stories.

I'm very sensitive to noise-pollution, especially when I'm in the outdoors.  It seems very difficult to get to places where you are actually free of man-made sounds: the hum of phone/electric lines, air traffic overhead, traffic/highway noise echoing through the valley, etc.  So I was very pleased to experience this nature “silence” again.  That peacefulness is a very powerful thing to me.  I need to find a place that is closer to my current home.  It's one of the reasons I miss kayaking so much.

Underground Restaurant

I might have mentioned a few weeks ago that Holley and I were going to put on a dinner for a few couples for the first time about a month ago.  Actually, that's what Holley created the Curry Rhubarb BBQ Sauce for.  Well, that was such a fun evening full of great new recipes, a lot of great wine, and some really fun people.  We're looking forward to doing something with this group and others in the future.  And you can look forward to more great recipes from that night over the next few weeks (just to tease you a bit, there are two delicious hummus recipes coming your way!).

This Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cilantro & Jalapeño was also made for that evening.  As soon as I saw these beautiful heirloom tomatoes, I knew I had to do something with them.  And based on the rest of the menu we needed something light, citrusy, and juicy.  While putting the ingredients together I had an idea of what I wanted in my head, and they came together really well… but when after an hour of everything marinating – daaaaaammmmnnn!  Yeah man, I dug this.  With or without the feta cheese, Watermelon Tomato Salad is a summertime winner.


Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cilantro & Jalapeño

  • Author: Raj - www.ThePrimalDesire.com
  • Prep Time: 10 min (plus 1 hour to marinate)
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups
  • Category: salad


Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cilantro & Jalapeño is a surprisingly well balanced dish that is fresh and light, and perfect for summer!


  • 6 medium-large tomatoes of various types, or 4 cup equivalent (vary color and type of heirlooms as available)
  • 1/2 mini watermelon, about 4 cups
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper (thinly sliced or diced)


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2.5 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • pinch salt


  • 1/2 cup feta cheese


  1. Cut tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Cut off watermelon rind then cut flesh into 1-1 1/2 inch cubes.
  3. Stir tomatoes, watermelon and jalapeño peppers together.
  4. Combine dressing ingredients together in a jar or some other seal-able container, and shake well.
  5. Coat tomato and melon mixture with dressing and stir well.
  6. Let sit for at least an hour before serving.
  7. If using feta, wait until just before serving to sprinkle on-top.

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cilantro & Jalapeño is a surprisingly well balanced dish that is fresh and light, and perfect for summer! http://wp.me/p4Aygm-20p

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!


  1. Aimee May 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    How exciting, your move sounds like it is going to be a great change for you. Gotta love a bigger kitchen. My husband and I put an addition on our house 9 years ago, a new gourmet kitchen I should say, 20×20 new space of heaven! I NEVER see myself moving out now! And this watermelon salad looks wicked! And just what I would love to eat now, it is 30 degrees here (see how nice I am, I converted F to C for you 😉 and getting hotter this weekend! I am going to make this for sure and let you know how much I loved it.

    • Raj May 27, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Haha, Aimee you are the best! Thanks for the conversion (none of the American readers understand how warm you’re talking haha).

      Any chance you could share a photo of your beautiful kitchen? Actually maybe I’ll put a callout on Facebook for kitchen photos to make it easier…

  2. Mom May 27, 2016 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Might try that dressing on other salads .

  3. Aimee May 29, 2016 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    That salad was awesome! What combo of flavors! I paired it with spare ribs and had a ton of salad greens that I neede to eat up, so we put this on top and it was really nice, not too heavy a texture, and it helped with all of the jalapeño pepper I added – oh baby! I will be sure to remove the ribs of the pepper next time. Thanks for an fabulous new idea

    • Raj May 29, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      You already made it? You are the sweetest. Holley is saying a bunch of nice things about you in the background, but it’s too much to repeat and frankly a little embarrassing. Essentially she wants to adopt you into her family.

    • Aimee June 4, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Hahahaha, I missed this post earlier and Awwwwwhhhh! Thanks and YOU guys rock!

  4. Bonnie May 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Yesterday we were having a BBQ with some friends and I had planned to make a Greek salad because it’s easy to fall back on. That morning, I found this recipe in my inbox. I decided to make this instead. It was pretty simple to make and it turned out really well. It was a hit and people really enjoyed the freshness. The ingredients are not very economical for regular meals, but it was a really nice treat.

    • Raj May 30, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      I think that’s so cool that you saw the email and made it the same day!
      As for cost, when you see those tomatoes go on sale, that’s the time to do it. You can always just use regular tomatoes as well, but they won’t be as pretty or flavorful.

  5. Tessa Simpson May 7, 2018 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    never had a salad with watermelon…but with the jalapenos, lime, and vinegar…I am IN!

  6. Jean May 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Who would’ve thought tomatoes and watermelon would go together so well? I need to try this combo!

    • Raj May 8, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      I hear you. I’ve had it and loved it and I still have a hard time pitting it together in my head, LOL.
      But it’s grrrrrrreat!

  7. RecipestoNourish May 7, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    This sounds delicious and perfect for a summertime salad. I bet it’s so yummy with the feta cheese too!

    • Raj May 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Hell yeah! Because cheese

  8. RealNutritiousLiving May 8, 2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

    This sounds amazing! Pinned for later 🙂

    • Raj May 8, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Perfect. Time to pick out some much-too-big watermelons to create with.

  9. Irena Macri May 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I know what I’m making after my first farmer’s market trip this season! What an awesome lunch or BBQ side!

    • Raj May 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      How long do you have to wait for your farmers market?

  10. Tina T. May 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    Everything about this recipe sounds AMAZING!

    • Raj May 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Summer in a bowl!

  11. Katja May 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I love this flavor combo. Watermelon and jalapeño! Need to try this! YUM!

    • Raj May 14, 2018 at 8:12 am

      All the things. I’m drooling just thinking about it..

  12. thecastawaykitchen May 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Love this summer salad! So fresh the perfect side dish for grilling out!

    • Raj May 14, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Exactly. And doesn’t it just scream “summer”?

  13. ChihYu May 13, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Simple, easy, and delicious. Totally fabulous !

    • Raj May 14, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy it

  14. Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! May 14, 2018 at 6:54 am - Reply

    We’re in the process of moving too, and it’s been hard to find a place that suits our needs, but the place you found sounds perfect – good kitchen + local produce would be pretty ideal! I also can’t wait to try out this salsa!

    • Raj May 14, 2018 at 8:10 am


      That was a couple moves ago. I miss that kitchen!

      Good luck with your hunt. Keep us posted on your search, and how you like this salad.

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