Spicy Melon Salad with Peanuts and Mint

spicy melon salad with peanuts and mint
Photo: John Kernick

In this recipe, fish sauce stands in for the salt to make a savory-sweet spicy salad or side dish.


Makes 4 servings

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1 large fresh red Thai chile, with seeds, finely minced, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, plus more if needed
  • 2 small ripe melons
  • 10 fresh spearmint leaves, torn into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons chopped salted roasted peanuts

spicy melon salad


Step 1: In a medium bowl, combine the lime juice, chile, fish sauce, and sugar with 2 tablespoons water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Cut each melon in half and remove the seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out the flesh to make about 4 cups melon balls total. Add the melon balls to the dressing and toss. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes and up to several hours.

Step 2: To serve, toss with the mint, divide among four bowls, and sprinkle with the peanuts.

Recipe courtesy of Cooking in the Moment.

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