Thai watermelon salad

Thai watermelon salad

Watermelon is this year’s trendy ingredient and stands in for green papaya in this update of a Thai classic. It’s best to buy a whole watermelon and use the flesh closest to the skin as this tends to be a bit firmer
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4
Calories 131 kcal


  • 3 tbsp palm sugar or soft brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 3 bird’s eye chilli
  • 500 g watermelon seeds removed and cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp roasted peanuts roughly chopped
  • a handful of leaves mint shredded
  • a handful of leaves Thai basil shredded


  • Mix the sugar into the fish sauce. In a mortar, pound the garlic with a pestle, then add the chillies and pound again, leaving the chillies bruised but intact. Add the lime juice and fish sauce and pound again. Tip into a bowl with the watermelon and toss everything together. Sprinkle with peanuts and the herbs to serve. Avoid eating the whole chillies unless you are a heat fanatic; they’ll be incredibly hot!