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Watermelon Salad Recipe with Cilantro Honey Lime Dressing

This summery watermelon salad recipe with cilantro honey lime dressing is deliciously refreshing. With pearl couscous, red onion, and arugula sprinkled with cheese on top, and a dressing that perfectly combines zesty, savory and sweet! It's the perfect side dish to have at a barbecue party, picnic or summer potluck.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: brunch, Salad, sauces, Side Dish
Cuisine: global
Keyword: barbecue, bbq, summer
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: aline_shaw


For the Salad:

  • 1 mini watermelon peeled and diced (about 6-8 cups)
  • 2 cups of cooked and cooled Israeli couscous from 1 cup of dry
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 5 oz arugula
  • 8 oz queijo coalho, shredded or halloumi cheese - crumbled queso fresco, or panela cheese also work!

For the Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon Brazilian sofrito or about 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice about 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the Salad:

  • Put all the salad ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.

For the Dressing:

  • Put all the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl, and whisk to combine.
  • Pour over the salad, and toss to combine.

Bom Apetite!!!