After I taste test a recipe I instantly start thinking of all the descriptive words I can use to describe the dish accurately, but for this one I just kept coming back to this one ridiculous phrase, “flavor explosion.” I mean.. it sounds like something you’d hear on a Doritos commercial, but I’m not kidding.. this was just bursting with so many great flavors and textures! I’ll still give it my best to sum up what I mean so this doesn’t sound like a potato chip tagline.
For this tasty summer salad I threw together bite size chunks of juicy watermelon and crunchy crisp cucumbers with zesty garlic, fresh lime juice, brown sugar for some sweet, and diced up dried New Mexico Hatch chile peppers for some heat. With just a little chopping prep work, it was a fairly quick and easy recipe to put together and makes for the perfect summer side dish to take along to your next party!
(makes 4-6 servings)
3 dried chiles, finely chopped (or 1 tsp red pepper flakes)
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice from 1 lime
1 Tbs brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground sea salt
2 cups (about 1/4 of a large) seedless watermelon, cut into small chunks
2 cups (1 large) cucumber, cut into small chunks
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
Combine chiles, minced garlic, lime juice, brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl and stir until mixed.
Next you’ll add your watermelon, cucumber, and cilantro and gently stir and toss to evenly coat in your mixture. You can serve right away or make this the night before. Just cover and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Since the cucumbers and watermelon are so juicy, you may want to drain a little bit of the liquid before serving the next day.