A large serving bowl of fresh watermelon salad with tomatillos, jalapenos, and lime dressing.

Chilled Watermelon Tomatillo Salad

An enticingly salty-sweet summer salad loaded with watermelon, tomatillos, jalapenos, and creamy cotija or feta cheese.
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Keyword watermelon salad, watermelon tomatillo salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 103kcal


  • 4 cups watermelon chopped into 1” pieces and chilled
  • 1 cup tomatillos hulled and sliced
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • a few turns freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons thinly sliced mint leaves


  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, tomatillo, shallot, and jalapeno. Set aside.
  • In a small jar or measuring cup, combine the olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt, and black pepper. Shake vigorously or whisk to combine, then drizzle over the watermelon.
  • Top with cheese and mint leaves. Serve right away.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 653IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg