First, let me start this post by telling you how excited I was to find watermelon at the store today! When I walked into Sprouts Market, I spied something green in a big bin in the corner. I cannot begin to explain how much I love watermelon, not only because it reminds me of summer, but it is also my favorite fruit! For years, living in Michigan, I tried to grow watermelon in my backyard, which was an epic fail every time. For those of you who understand living in the midwest, deer eat everything! Now that I live in Arizona, watermelon comes early to the stores and my kitchen! So, today, I am making summer in a bowl; watermelon cucumber salad recipe.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I cut the top off watermelon and ate it with a fork holding the melon in my lap. And, Kristyn, my daughter, loves watermelon just like me!
One of my favorite salads to make in the summertime is watermelon cucumber salad. In Arizona, watermelon season begins in the spring, which makes a watermelon lover like myself giddy.
HOW TO PICK A QUALITY WATERMELON AT THE GROCERY STORE OR MARKET
Believe it or not, there is a science to picking a good watermelon. Nothing frustrates me more than buying a whole watermelon and cutting it open to find a tasteless watermelon. As a result, I end up throwing the watermelon away or hoping someone will be hungry enough to eat it. In fact, I hate wasting money more than I detest a tasteless watermelon. So, I have a few tips for avoiding these pitfalls.
- Heavy for its size; a ripe, tasty watermelon is heavy.
- Look for a yellow spot on the underbelly. Because watermelon grown on the ground, the yellow spot indicates its ripeness.
- Knock on the underbelly; ou want to hear a deep not dull sound
WHAT SIMPLE INGREDIENTS DO I NEED FOR WATERMELON CUCUMBER SALAD RECIPE
- 4 cups seedless watermelon
- 1 English cucumber, seeds removed, and cut into quarters
- 1 large radish, sliced thin
- 1/2 cup Simple Rosemary Infused Pickled Red Onions or raw red onions, sliced
- 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Not only does watermelon cucumber salad scream SUMMER, but it is also so simple to make! My watermelon cucumber salad, however, is a bit different because it includes my favorite Simple Rosemary Infused Pickled Red Onions!
WHAT ARE PICKLED RED ONIONS?
Again, simple to make, Simple Rosemary Infused Pickled Red Onions not only enhances any dish but transforms watermelon cucumber salad. With its beautiful pink hues and tangy-sweet taste, pickled red onions are refreshing and sweet. The pickling process, for instance, removes the pungent flavor of the red onion and sweetens them to compliment the watermelon and other flavors in the salad.
- Red onion
- White vinegar
OPTIONAL FLAVORINGS (PICK ONE OR MIX AND MATCH TO ACCOMPANY YOUR FOOD)
- Black peppercorns
- Hot red pepper
- Whole cumin seeds
ADDING TOFU FETA TO WATERMELON CUCUMBER SALAD
Even though this salad doesn’t need anything else to make it fabulous, another option is to add tofu feta cheese to make it an entree. As a result, tofu feta adds protein and a salty savory component to the sweet, refreshing salad.
So, if you want to add tofu feta, I suggest making it in advance and using it for a variety of recipes.
- Skinny Roasted Greek Bowl
- Quinoa Greek Salad with OMG Oil-Free Dressing
- Oil-Free Hummus and Tabbouleh Wrap
- Vegan Greek Quesadilla
- Skinny Greek Veggie Pasta Salad
- Tabouli Salad
- Mediterranean Salad
- Vegan Mediterranean Party Platter