Mediterranean Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad
Fresh Mediterranean minty watermelon cucumber salad without feta is the ultimate dish best for hot summer days. Perfect vegan combo!
Crunchy, zesty, amazingly fragrant, and tasty? Yes, please!
If you are looking for the best seasonal salad recipe, look no further. Because here it is, the most vibrant and glowing, naturally sweet seasonal salad you’ll fall in love with. Just like this dreamy apricot-strawberry salad I made recently. This one is definitely a must-try!
You know, cooking during warm summer days can be a little challenging. So I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy no-cook recipes that require minimal effort and time. I prefer to stay away from the stove, especially the oven 🙂 Know you share my opinion, too!
Is Watermelon a Superfood?
Watermelon is a surprisingly nutritious fruit. It’s one of the most hydrating, water-rich foods that abound with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s particularly rich in vitamin C, carotenoids, lycopene, and cucurbitacin E. What’s more, this good-for-you salad that uses this superfood is so enjoyable! Not only that, it will surely help you stay hydrated, boost your mood and improve your well-being.
It’s time for some Mediterranean-inspired, light meal today. What are we waiting for? Let’s make this super cool, cooking-free salad recipe right away!
Mint Watermelon Cucumber Salad Ingredients (No Feta!)
You can impress your family or guests with this delicious, easy-to-make watermelon salad. It requires simple, wholesome ingredients that are also cheap and yet so healthy.
- Watermelon (balled or cubed)
- Fresh mint leaves
- Maple syrup
- Poppy seeds
Time needed: 15 minutes.
How do you make this vegan watermelon-cucumber salad without feta?
To prepare this juicy salad with uniquely sweet flavor you’ll need just 15 minutes. You can serve it as a light breakfast or brunch, side dish, or afternoon snack.
- Mix all ingredients
In a large bowl combine watermelon and cucumber. I used a melon baller for a fancier look but you can cube yours as well.
- Drizzle it with the dressing and enjoy
In a small jar mix freshly squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and poppy seeds. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and gently toss to coat. Garnish with small fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately and enjoy.
Although I love this lemon-poppy seed vinaigrette because it adds depth and brightness to this salad it’s not necessary. This mouthwatering salad is still beautiful and yummy without any dressing at all. It’s up to you, totally optional.
If you are trying to lose and maintain weight or burn body fat this clean eating salad is perfect for you. Just like drinking a smoothie, you can eat it every single day of the week without any guilt at all. Mindful eating can make an incredible difference in your lean body transformation. This can promote better digestion, less refined sugar, and calorie intake and will keep you full and satisfied longer.
Can I eat raw watermelon seeds?
Yes, raw watermelon seeds are edible and safe to eat. No worries! It’s totally fine if you eat that small seeds with your lush watermelon bites. In fact, they are low in calories and nutrient-dense (rich in iron, magnesium, zinc as well as some”good” fats). Here is a great idea for the crunchy roasted watermelon seeds recipe. The perfect zero waste meal!
Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad Storage
As for the storage, my advice is to eat this watery salad the same day you make it. So just make as much as you need and enjoy it immediately or within a few hours after preparing it. However, if you need to make it ahead, just peel, cube, or ball watermelon, slice the cucumber, and store them in the fridge in separate containers. Also, in another container store the salad dressing. Keep the mint leaves to garnish it after combining everything together.
5 Tips – How to Pick a Good Watermelnon
- Search for the yellow spot – this the best indicator, also known as the “field spot” whare it rests on the ground while ripening. The spot should be creamy yellowish color.
- Find a heavy watermelon – it should feel weighty for its size. This means the heavier it is, the higher the water content, the sweeter it will be.
- Always buy watermelons when they are in season
- Knock on it with your fingers and listen – a ripe watermelon should have a deep hollow sound.
- Pay attention to the stem – a ripe watermelon should have a brown-colored stem, not green.
Hope you’ll love this low-calorie treat. It’s:
- Crowd pleasing side dish
- Picnic/Potluck ready dessert idea
- Real feast for the eyes and stomach!
Hungry for more no-cook recipes? Try these:
- Quick overnight breakfast-Chocolate chia pudding
- Healthy make-ahead strawberry overnight oats
- Super immune-boosting strawberry-spinach salad
- Weight-loss friendly mixed salad
- Creamy avocado dip
Mediterranean Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad
- Knife or melon baller scoop
- Small jar
- 5 cups cubed or balled watermelon seeded or seedless – your choice
- 1 cup half sliced cucumber (approx, 1 medium sized cucumber)
- 3 tbsp fresh mint leaves or thinly sliced
For the dressing
- 1 small lemon freshly squeezed use only the juice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- In a large bowl combine watermelon and cucumber. I used a melon baller for a fancier look but you can cube yours as well.
- In a small jar mix freshly squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, and poppy seeds. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and gently toss to coat. Garnish with small fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately and enjoy.
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