Watermelon And Cucumber Salad

This salad is the most refreshing and mouth watering snack I have ever eaten. It's so hydrating and therefore perfect for a warm summer's day or when you just feel the need for a quenching meal (as part of a main meal).

I got this recipe from Joy McCarthy, who I discovered a few years ago and I have gotten many healthy tips and meal options from her website. She is an holistic nutritionist based in Canada. I printed off this recipe maybe a year ago but have never made it. As interesting and incredibly hydrating as it sounded, I just couldn't get past the idea of cucumber, watermelon and cheese in the same dish. So, recently, after a few weeks of over indulgence, I had one week of very light eating. I made this salad for lunch. On it's own it is definitely only a snack but you could put it with salmon, for example, to form a meal. By the way, I don't advocate that you over indulge for a few weeks and then starve yourself for one week. But there are always occasion, i.e. holidays, when we throw caution to the wind and then have to back paddle. I was certainly not starving myself, just trying to make healthy low fat meals for a few days (I usually eat good sources of fat).

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this salad. If you don't like cucumber or watermelon, it's obviously not for you but if you do like them, together they taste really good. And the sprinkle of cheese gives it another dimension. I'm glad I finally got round to trying this and I will be making more of it.

So, the recipe:

4 cups watermelon, cubed
half a cucumber, chopped
handful fresh mint, finely chopped
juice from 2 limes
1/4 cup crumbled goat feta
drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil

There is no method, combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

I did adjust the recipe slightly. Firstly, I didn't have feta so I grated a little parmesan over the top and I didn't have mint so I left this out. I'm looking forward to trying it next time with the feta which I imagine will be delicious.