We haven't ever made a watermelon salad before. So this was a new experience. And is it ever good and worth the little bit of time it takes.
The salad is watermelon, strawberries, an English cucumber, fresh basil, pumpkin seeds, Jalapeno pepper, a fresh lime squeezed and a tablespoon of maple syrup.
We served it on lettuce and it gave a beautiful salad for three. You must try it if you want a great lunch or a light dinner for these hot days.
Try this recipe. It is so cooling and refreshing. You'll love it.
What's surprising is that this watermelon salad is an amazingly healthy dish. Watermelon is one of the best sources of hydration, and hydration is important for body temperature regulation, normal organ function, nutrient delivery to cells, and alertness.
And several nutrients, lycopene and cucurbitacin E, are said to have anticancer effects and improve heart health.
Watermelon is a great anti-inflammatory food, inflammation being one of the main drivers of so many chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
So, take advantage of the amazing benefits of watermelon when it's in season by adding the watermelon salad to your summer recipes.
To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill
Watermelon Salad (Serves 2-3)
- 6 cups watermelon, diced
- 1 large English cucumber, thinly sliced
- 2 cups strawberries
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup basil, torn or sliced
- 1 large or 2 small limes, juiced
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 Jalapeno, fine dice
- black pepper to taste
Slice the watermelon into 1-inch-thick rounds, remove the rind and cut into cubes.
Slice the English cucumber into thin rounds, about ⅛ inch thick.
Combine the watermelon, cucumber, strawberries and pumpkin seeds in a large salad bowl and stir.
Tear or slice the basil into small pieces and add to the salad bowl.
In a small bowl, juice the lime and mix with the maple syrup.
Pour on top of the salad bowl and mix well.
Serve immediately on a bed of lettuce topped with pepper (if using it), or store in the fridge until you're ready to enjoy.