Watermelon and Avocado Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette combines sweet watermelon and creamy avocado with greens, cilantro, queso fresco, and a delicious honey lime dressing.
Ever since I ate my first watermelon salad I have been a huge fan, especially when its paired with a tangy cheese like feta or queso fresco. In fact ever summer for the last 3-4 years, its the first thing my brother requests when we meet up at my parents house in New England. Usually I make this classic version with cilantro, red onions, and feta cheese but lately I have been loving this version with avocado and Mexican queso fresco. (If you haven't had queso fresco before, it's a fresh cheese that is a bit like feta but slightly less salty and assertive. Think of it as a milder feta and perfect for anyone who finds feta a little too pungent and overpowering. )
Now let's get back to this salad. If you aren't sure about pairing watermelon with cheese, you just have to take the leap and try it. I promise it works. The sweetness of the melon paired with cheese and avocado is really tasty, especially when it is all pulled together with a simple honey lime vinaigrette. You could also throw in some sliced jalapeno if you like things with a hint of spice. I usually add either slices jalapenos to the salad itself or some diced jalapenos to the dressing since I am always looking for a touch of heat.
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