Salad, Sizzling Tastebuds

Watermelon Quinoa Salad with Lime & Chilli Vinaigrette

Sshh Cooking Secret Challenge is a wonderful FB group where a central theme is picked each month and ingredients are exchanged virtually between paired bloggers. I was paired with Priya Suresh and she gave me Watermelon and Quinoa. My husband is very fond of watermelon and feta salad and the addition of Quinoa gave a nutty twist to this unique salad.

It’s a simple salad that’s apt for the scorching summer days, and it can easily be a complete meal for one.  It’s also great for potluck parties. So, go on and make this one, and let me know what other salads you love !

Prep time : 10 mins, Chilling time : 15 mins ; Serves : 1



Cooked Quinoa – 1/2 cup

Watermelon cubes – 1 cup (200 ml)

For the vinaigrette : 

Lemon juice – 1/2 TBSP

Honey / maple syrup – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli flakes – 1/4 tsp

Salt – to taste

Crushed pepper – 1/8 tsp

Fresh Orange juice – 1/4 cup


To make:

Mix the quinoa and watermelon with a fork and chill for 15- 30 mins. 

Before serving,whisk all ingredients of the vinaigrette,toss the salad with the same & serve immediately.


a) One can skip honey for a completely vegan version.

b) Ingredients for the Vinaigrette is optional, go with what catches your fancy.

c) This was moderately spicy for me, but you could add or delete any ingredient of your choice.



  1. This must have been a nice salad… The brown and red looks really pretty…

  2. Mayuri Patel

    Lovely salad Kalyani… It must have been a filling and very tasty salad. I too love watermelon and feta.


    Great looking salad! Love watermelon!

  4. Prathima Shivraj

    Colourful salad with quinoa sounds delicious

  5. Priya Suresh

    Am in love with this fantastic salad Kalyani, you done justice to the secret ingredients i have given.Fabulous salad.

  6. Priya Satheesh

    Watermelon n feta are my fav too and adding quinoa is absolutely healthy. awesome 🙂

  7. Wow.. looks nice. I haven't used quinoa since I have come back to India.

  8. Such an easy to make, nutrient loaded and refreshing salad!!

  9. Chef Mireille

    the salad looks so pretty with the red quinoa – what a healthy and delicious salad!

  10. Give Me Some Spice

    Lovely combination of watermelon and feta cheese. Adding Quinoa is a good idea. lovely dressing too

  11. cookwithrenu

    Wow a salad with quinoa, watermelon and feta makes it a healthy and a filling salad.

  12. Sujata Roy

    Fabulous share Kalyani. Salad sounds so healthy, filling and delicious. Loved it.

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