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Watermelon Salad With Fried Tofu and Basil-Lime Dressing [Vegan]

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Say hello to the most flavorful summer salad ever. This watermelon salad stands out from all other watermelon salads — and the secret is warm ingredients. Adding one or two warm ingredients to a cold dish is a great way to mix things up and add dimension to your summer salad. This salad has a base of fresh greens, tangy kalamata olives and red onions, crunchy sprouts, and juicy watermelon. Then, you add the fried tofu and padrón peppers and toss everything in a refreshing basil-lime dressing.

Watermelon Salad With Fried Tofu and Basil-Lime Dressing [Vegan]



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For the Salad:

  • 8 ounces extra firm tofu, cubed
  • 8 ounces padrón peppers
  • 2 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon
  • 8 ounces arugula
  • 1 cucumber, cut into thick slices and halved or quartered
  • 4 ounces sunflower sprouts
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • Oil, for frying
  • Himalayan pink salt, to taste

For the Basil-Lime Dressing:

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime, approximately 3 tablespoons
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a small food processor, or use a wand/immersion blender, and mix to a smooth liquid.
  2. Heat some oil in a pan and fry the cubed tofu until they get some color. Remove from the pan. Add some more oil, and fry the peppers until the skin is brown and blistered, remove from heat, and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Cut the watermelon into thick slices, remove the rind and cut into cubes or triangles.
  4. Add all the cold salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Top with the tofu and peppers and serve together with the basil-lime dressing





Veganized traditional dishes and desserts from all across the globe and new, exciting culinary creations. Hi, I’m Chris, the guy behind Planticize. After being vegetarian for nearly 20 years, I finally went vegan in 2014! I enjoy eating, cooking, photography and travel. I’ve lived in three different countries, so my tastes are pretty eclectic. I love to planticize traditional dishes and create new and exciting ones, too! I think that going plant-based is the best for everyone and everything, and I strive to make food that looks and tastes great!



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7 comments on “Watermelon Salad With Fried Tofu and Basil-Lime Dressing [Vegan]”

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Tinka Martina
2 Years Ago

Looks yum Craig

Jeff Shurow
2 Years Ago

Mae Shurow

Mae Shurow
14 Aug 2016

Shoot - just give me the watermelon, that's all I need! LOL

Ruth Barrett
2 Years Ago

Katherine Orr this looks wonderful!

Wes Bronson
14 Aug 2016

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Lori DePietro Standen
2 Years Ago

Beverly thought of you with this one :)

Ingrid Hoeben
2 Years Ago

Hello beauty


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