Tart Mexican tomatillos paired with sweet watermelon and bright fresh mint leaves creates a fresh summer salad with spirit-awakening flavors.
Tomatillo Watermelon Berry Salad.
Summer is a time for salads, especially salads with a party of flavors.
This salad fits that description so well. Tomatillos, otherwise known as Mexican green tomatoes, are tart, so pairing them with sweet watermelon is a brilliant contrast. And adding in berries and cooling fresh mint leaves, provides even more levels of flavor.
And levels of flavor are actually the fun of eating a salad, no? Add in a dressing – I didn’t here – and the party is going on until the wee hours of the morning.
But what are these funny veggies that look like apples dressed in paper bags?
What Are Tomatillos?
Tomatillos are a small, green Mexican fruit with a paper shell, like the golden berry.
Peel off the paper, and wash the fruit which will be a bit sticky. The fruit tastes a bit tart on the lemony side.
Tomatillos are high in potassium, fiber and other nutrients, including a whopping amount of vitamin C and vitamin K, and of course, very low in fat and calories.
I topped my tomatillo salad with a bit of black pepper – the flavors are bright enough to not need a dressing. My hubbie, on the other hand, insisted on drizzling his with lime juice. Always the rebel.
I hope you enjoy this fresh summer salad concept!
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Tomatillo Watermelon Berry Salad
- 2-3 green tomatillos
- 2 cups chopped watermelon
- 2-3 large strawberries
- 6 raspberries
- 1/8 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
- 2 tsp chopped cilantro
- salt to taste
- Peel paper shell off tomatillo, rinse off sticky residue and chop. Toss these and chopped watermelon and berries into a bowl, toss with cilantro, black pepper, lemon juice and salt to taste! Serve chilled!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.