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Tajín Watermelon Mint Salad

Fresh watermelon, chili lime seasoning, mint and lime juice. This Tajin Watermelon Mint Salad is the most refreshing and light side dish and salad. Under 15-minutes total and easy to make-ahead. Naturally vegan, paleo, Whole30.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: 4-ingredient, gluten free, grapefruit, paleo, tajín, tajin watermelon, vegan, watermelon, Whole30
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 62kcal


  • 5 Cups Fresh Watermelon about ½ small watermelon
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • ¼ Cup Lime Juice about 1 lime
  • 1 TBSP Tajín or Chili Lime Salt
  • ¼ TSP Salt


Cube Watermelon (If Needed)

  • Remove a half inch off the top and bottom of the watermelon.
  • Stand watermelon on one of the cut sides. Cut watermelon in half and set one half aside.
  • With the half still standing, cut again in half to have a quarter of watermelon, set one quarter to the side. Lay one quarter down with flat side on your cutting board.
  • Slice watermelon across its width starting from one end. Cut each slice into ¼ inch to ½ inch slices until you have reached the other end.
  • Repeat with remaining quarters.
  • Next, each slice in 1 inch slices and then again perpendicularly to create 1 inch cubes.

Cut Mint

  • Place mint leaves on top of one another. Roll leaves from the short side (it will look like a cigarette or cigar - long and skinny).
  • Next, cut mint leaves with the roll parallel into thin strips, about ¼ inch wide.
  • Cut entire mint roll. Leave to the side.

Put Salad Together

  • Place cubed watermelon on a plate or in a large bowl.
  • Pour lime juice on top and sprinkle tajin evenly over watermelon.
  • Sprinkle chopped mint evenly over watermelon salad.
  • Toss watermelon, tajin, salt, fresh lime juice and chopped mint to evenly mix together.
  • Eat immediately or place in the fridge for 30-minutes to eat cold.


When cutting a watermelon, keep the flat side down and use a sharp knife. This will avoid or eliminate slips and knicks.
This Watermelon Tajin Salad will last up to three days in the fridge. Keep it stored in an airtight container.


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1142IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg