Watermelon, prawn & avocado salad

Watermelon, prawn & avocado salad

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins


Serves 4
Too hot to cook? This superhealthy salad makes a refreshing light lunch or starter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal179
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre2g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.91g
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  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped
  • juice 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tbsp rice or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • watermelon wedge, deseeded and diced



    Thought to have originated in Africa, watermelons are distinct from musk melons such as…

  • 1 avocado, diced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • small bunch coriander leaves, chopped
  • 200g cooked tiger prawns, defrosted if frozen


  1. Put the onion in a medium bowl with the garlic, chilli, lime juice, vinegar, sugar and some seasoning. Leave to marinate for 10 mins.

  2. Add the watermelon, avocado, coriander and prawns, then toss gently to serve.

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Comments (16)

bluejay's picture

I make this salad often in hot weather and usually use a mixture of melons, whatever I have to hand. On occasion I add celery, radishes or apple slices (anything crunchy and not too sweet) and even left-over cold Jersey Royal potatoes, which worked well. Served on lightly dressed salad leaves it is a summer feast!

kharkus's picture

Scrummy - and spicy. I added lentils and watercress to bulk it out into a main meal.

natheliemeng's picture

This is a such delicious salad! Simple and perfect for the hot summer.

cookiecat's picture

We had this for lunch today - we had doubts about the flavour combinations beforehand but it was absolutely delicious and perfect for a hot day.

fleeeur's picture

did this recipe as a starter for a dinner party and it was a hit... very refreshing and original!

karagourlay's picture

I add spinach or rocket to bulk it out.

karagourlay's picture

Really tasty recipe and very easy to make! I add spinach or rocket to bulk it out a bit.

ebrierley's picture

Absolutely delicious. What a great mix of fresh flavours. I made this last night for some friends who were blown away by it. I took note of an earlier comment and halved the chili, which was perfect. We will definitely be making this one again.

Jeanucks's picture

Have to disagree with all the positive ratings. I was very disappointed with this recipe. Although it tasted ok, I found the dressing a bit watery and lacking body. I doubt if I will make it again.

lauralarsen's picture

This is the first time I have bothered to make a comment but couldn't resist as this meal is incredible! It's easy to make and so unique. It seems like an odd combination but tastes like a 5* meal. Try it!

innkeeperyocci's picture

Lovely refreshing salad. I added a little more water melon, salad leaves and pomegranate seeds to bulk out a bit more. Highly recommended.

monkeyjungle's picture

I made this last week and it was a great success and I am not even that keen on watermelon! Heeding previous advice, I halved the amount of chilli. I also used spring onions instead of the red onion which worked well. I am going to try upping the dressing by 50% next time as it wasn't very evident although it did bring out the flavours of the other ingredients well. For a more substantial meal, I think it would be tasty with some thin rice noodles.

elizabethr's picture

Really surprised me as totally delicious flavours.

nadinus's picture

Absolutely delicious flavours, the amount of chilli is ridiculous though! I made this for my family, it was difficult to appreciate the taste when we were having to gargle water after every mouthful.

Will definitely make this again but using just a fraction of the chilli!

bethyoung's picture

I have made this recipe 3 times in the last month. It is absolutely spectacular. The flavours are so unique and complement each other beautifully. Great for a Thai bbq or just for a lunch with friends!

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