Watermelon and Snap Pea Salad with Mint

Active Time: N/ATotal Time30 MIN
Yield: Serves : 4 to 6

The secret ingredient to this refreshing watermelon salad from Food & Wine‘s Justin Chapple is the Asian dressing, which gets an umami-rich flavor from fish sauce.Slideshow: More Watermelon Salads 


  • 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • One 2 3/4-pound piece of seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (1 1/2 pounds of chunks)
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed and peas thinly sliced on a bias
  • 2 cups mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup torn pea shoots (1 ounce)
  • Kosher salt

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a small bowl, whisk the rice vinegar and shallot; let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in 
the canola oil, sesame seeds and fish sauce.

Step 2    

In a large serving bowl, toss the watermelon with the snap peas, mint and 
pea shoots. Add the dressing and toss well. Season with salt and toss again. Serve 
right away.

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