Watermelon with lime, chile & salt

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Appears in
The Good Table: Adventures In and Around My Kitchen

By Valentine Warner

Published 2013

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In the hot, grimy, sticky, thick air of Mexico City, this comes as a refreshing saviour on nearly every street corner. This combination might strike you as odd at first, but I tell you it’s thirst-quenching beyond belief.


  • 2 teaspoons flaked sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons chile powder (ancho is good, but any will do)
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On a small plate, combine the salt with the chile powder, then pinch it together with your fingers. Cut as much of the watermelon as you want to serve, slicing it from the skin into shards about 2cm wide and 10cm long.

Upend the melon pieces into plastic or paper cups, squeeze over some lime juice, adding lime wedges to decorate, if you like, and pinch over a good amount of the chile an