Minty Watermelon Salad

Funny where the inspiration for recipes comes from, isn’t it? You just never know when you’re going to find something interesting. Take last Saturday for instance. I was doing my usual weekly shopping and making my final stop in the produce department. My local grocery store always has lots of recipe cards placed throughout the produce and I rarely look at them but for some reason this one really caught my eye. Maybe it’s because I’m really craving warm weather and Spring can’t make up its mind whether it really wants to stick around or not, but the photo of this beautiful, summery watermelon salad nearly jumped off the card at me. I picked up everything I needed to make it right then and couldn’t wait to get home to put it together.

If you can’t get good watermelon right now, just tuck this recipe away until summer because it’s a keeper! Light, fresh fruits tossed with a minty, ginger syrup. Yum.

The preparation couldn’t be simpler. First, prepare the syrup by simply combining water, sugar, mint and ginger in a small pan. Bring it up to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes. Set the syrup aside to cool while you prepare the fruit.

Minty Watermelon Salad

Cut your watermelon in bite-size chunks. About 1″ works well for me. Put the watermelon, blueberries, strawberries and grapes in a large bowl. Pour the syrup over and toss. Serve immedately.

And, that’s it! Simple, fresh and with a taste that screams – “Come on summer!”


Minty Watermelon Salad
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This minty watermelon salad is a light, refreshing combination of watermelon, berries and grapes with a minty, ginger syrup.
Serves: 8 servings
For the mint syrup:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (loosely packed)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
For the salad:
  • 4 cups 1-inch watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup hulled and halved fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups halved seedless grapes
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. Place the prepared fruit in a large bowl. Add syrup mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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-Recipe inspiration found on a “try-foods” card in the Publix produce department

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    • says

      That’s so cool, Alison! I wasn’t sure how to credit the recipe and all I could find on the card was a reference to “Try-Foods” so that’s what I used. Hope that’s adequate, but if not please be sure to let me know.

    • says

      Thanks, Michelle. We’re lucky to be able to get really good watermelon and berries right now, so I couldn’t resist this little “pre-taste” of summer.

  1. Rhonda says

    Lana, Love the watermelon salad. We have been doing that for years. Sometimes I just squeeze lime on a slice.
    Have you been to Jaemor farms? Its up 985 just above Gainesville on the right. We stopped there today on the way home from the mtns. They have fresh local strawberries right now and lots of good looking fresh veg’s the the spring vidalia’s are in. But you must get a fresh peach fried pie the glazed one, they are homemade and really good.


    • says

      Rhonda – I do go to JaeMor often during the fresh produce season but I haven’t been yet this year. Need to put that on my list for next weekend :-)

  2. says

    I have so much mint growing, am trying to think of different ways to use it. What a beautiful and delicious fruit salad! Watermelon might be one of my favorite fruits!

  3. Bill Goocher says


    Perfect timing on your post of this recipe. I made it for the tailgate party at the Buffett concert this past weekend. It was a hit and everyone loved it.



    P.S. Great seeing you and Bill a couple of weeks ago!

    • says

      Bill – I’m so glad it worked out well for you! If you’re making that recipe for an adults only party, you can also slip a little triple sec or grand marnier in the syrup. Very, very good!

      Great to see you and Cathy, too!


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