I saw a recipe that intrigued me: a salad of watermelon, cucumbers, and avocado. I tried it and was disappointed. It asked for a combination of balsamic vinegar and watermelon: the result was a color disaster with the bright watermelon color immediately transformed to “old tomato red.” The flavor was too simple, lacking the depth of contrast you would expect visually.

Here’s my rework with different ingredients and proportions but the same idea: create a crunchy, yummy salad with a kaleidoscope of colors and flavors.

I’m happy with my combination below, but you certainly can play with the amounts of each ingredient and try alternative vinegar flavor.

Made with cucumbers and watermelon, plus avocado, the major ingredients here all share one key factor: they are very heavy in water content. This salad will begin to “weep” upon creation. It will NOT last until later in the day, and never for the next day, in the refrigerator. So make this just before serving and relish in its freshness.

Watermelon, Cucumber and Avocado Salad

Yield: Serves 4-6

  • · 2 cups of watermelon diced into ¼-inch chucks
  • · 1 cup cucumber diced into ¼-i inch chunks
  • · 1 avocado, peeled, halved and finely diced
  • · 2 jalapenos, halved, seeds removed, and finely diced
  • · ½ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • · Juice of one lemon
  • · 1 tablespoon sugar
  • · 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • · 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • · Salt to taste
  • · Pepper to taste
  • · 4-5 scallions sliced very, very thin


Put the watermelon, cucumber and avocado in a large bowl and stir to mix. Add the jalapenos, cilantro, lemon juice, sugar, olive oil and vinegar. Stir to mix, trying to minimize the amount of stirring time so that the watermelon is not crushed.

Adjust the flavor with salt and pepper.

Garnish with the sliced scallions.

Serve immediately.

Source: Brian O’Rourke