The hot and dry conditions are likely to continue in California this Labor Day weekend so you’re going to want something refreshing to enjoy. This watermelon salad from Pickled Plum provides all the refreshing notes with a little sweetness. Vibrant in

Vibrant in colour, the salad will also look great alongside your BBQ feast. The best part, it only takes 10 minutes and can be made ahead of time.

Labor Day Refreshing watermelon salad

Serves 8

What you’ll need

6 cups watermelon, remove rind and seeds

16 strawberries, hulled

2 cups tomatillos

2 shallots, finely chopped

24 mint leaves, shredded

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp black pepper, ground

sea salt to taste

What to do

Chop watermelon, strawberries, and tomatillos into bite sized pieces and place in a bowl. Add the shallots, and gently toss.

Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Gently toss and season with black pepper. Top with mint and season with sea salt.

Serve immediately.

Tip: pre-cut the fruit and vegetables ahead of time, and store covered in the fridge. Simply dress the salad with the shallots, oil and vinegar, and season when you’re ready to serve. 

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Need more inspiration for your Labor Day weekend feast? Try these ideas:

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Fresh Summer Crabs – find the recipe here.

Spicy BBQ hot wings – find the recipe here.

Super crisp sweet potato chips – find the recipe here.

For a sweet something – these caramelised pineapple skewers will do the trick!

To keep the celebration vibe going – try mixing up one of these refreshing mojitos.


Recipe & photo: Pickled Plum.