Vegan minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad Without Feta is a refreshing, low-calorie, and weight-loss friendly summer dish.
Serve this delicious salad as a light dessert or an easy side for lunch or dinner.
It definitely is the best summertime party staple that's kid-friendly and suitable for all oil-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free eaters.
Although you'll find no feta in this Mediterranean watermelon mint salad you won't miss it at all.
Sweet and juicy watermelon mixed with crunchy cucumber with a pop of cooling sensation of fresh mint are tossed in a simple lemon-maple-poppy seed vinaigrette to enjoy the the best summertime flavors and textures.
This plant-based salad requires a few wholesome ingredients that are full of nutrition and flavor. Here they are:
- Watermelon (balled or cubed)
- Fresh mint leaves (if you love fresh mint try this mint chocolate chip smoothie next)
- Maple syrup
- Poppy seeds
As always, you can find the full recipe with a list of ingredients with measurements in a printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Prepare and mix. In a large bowl combine watermelon and cucumber. I used a melon baller for a fancier look but you can cube yours as well.
- Make the dressing, toss 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.
My advice is to eat this 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 the 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 after combining everything together.
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.
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.
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, and zinc as well as some"good" fats). Here is a great idea for the crunchy roasted watermelon seeds recipe. The perfect zero-waste meal!
5 Tips - How to Pick a Good Watermelon
- Search for the yellow spot - this is the best indicator, also known as the "field spot" where it rests on the ground while ripening. The spot should be a 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.
Vegan Summer Salads
Vegan Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad Without Feta
- 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 tablespoon fresh mint leaves or thinly sliced
For the dressing
- 1 small lemon freshly squeezed use only the juice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon 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.
I can't wait to hear what you think of this no-feta watermelon cucumber salad!
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