Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Nate really loves watermelon. The other week he ate an entire watermelon, albeit a smallish one, in one afternoon. This happened mostly because I'm not a big fan of eating watermelon from the rind (I find it messy and don't like standing over the sink to eat something) and because at the time we hadn't unpacked anything to store it in. Therefore, when Nate got another watermelon, I decided to find a recipe that would use some of it and would be something I could eat comfortably. We also had a lot of cucumber so when I came across this recipe in Real Simple Magazine, I thought I would try it.

Nate had already eaten half of the watermelon so I decided to continue slicing across. Unfortunately, the watermelon slipped and landed rind first on the floor. Besides spraying watermelon juice all over the place, it basically chopped the watermelon for me (the part I used did not make contact with the floor I promise) which was actually nice, once I cleaned up everything. Lesson learned: flat side down when cutting watermelon.

  • 4 cups cut-up seedless watermelon 
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh mint
Mix first four ingredients together in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Rinse mint and rip small pieces off into bowl. Mix all the ingredients together and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 min. Serve cold and Enjoy!

Notes:  I find that people like different levels of mintyness and so I only put in a little but I think it could handle more. I also used more cucumber and lime juice than suggested. I used a full cucumber instead of 1/2 and lime juice from 1 lime instead of 1 tablespoon. We served this with the curry turkey burgers that I posted about earlier and the combination was very light and summery. I never would have thought to put cucumbers together with watermelon, but I must say it was quite good and I may try to put watermelon in more of the salads I make.

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