When summer hits and the temperatures rise, the last thing I want to be doing is cooking in a hot kitchen. \For me, summer time means lots of different salads. They are refreshing and light and make use of the plentiful fruits and veggies that are in season in the summer. This delicious cucumber melon salad is my latest addition to my salad collection and my family just loves it.
When the heat of summer is upon us, this cucumber melon salad is the perfect meal time addition.
My husband loves all kinds of melons, so I thought it would be a fun idea to combine them all into one delicious salad, and then top the whole thing with honey, fresh mint and lime juice.
Start by gathering all your ingredients:
- honey dew melon
- English cucumber
- pink sea salt
- cracked black pepper
- juice of one lime
- fresh mint
The trick for getting this salad to not only taste good, but to look great too, is to start by cubing the melon and cucumbers into even sized pieces. This makes it much easier to eat and gives the salad a uniform look. I love the colors that will go into it!
Using fresh herbs for cooking recipes adds so much flavor as well as lovely garnishes. The fresh mint is one of the stars of this dish.
The dressing is so easy. I just mixed the honey, juice of one lime and some sea salt and cracked black pepper and then added a bunch of fresh chopped mint. Don’t you just love my new toy? I recently got these herb scissors and have no idea how I managed to chop herbs before getting them. Snip, snip, snip and it’s done. Some kitchen gadgets are just worth having! In fact, I recently wrote a blog post on the Gardening Cook to showcase some of my favorite kitchen gadgets. Check it out here.
The melon and cucumber get combined in a large bowl and then I mixed in the dressing and gave it a good toss. The last step was to add the mint to the salad.
Easy peasy. This is such a fast and simple recipe, but it is SO FULL OF FLAVOR!
This makes the perfect side dish for any grilled meat on the BBQ. It is very light and delicate. The mint adds a bite to it and the honey and lime combine to add just a touch of sour-sweetness.
I just love the colors in this salad! They do say that you must feed your eyes first!
- 1 cup of cubed cantaloupe melon
- 1 cup of cubed watermelon
- 1 cup of cubed honeydew melon
- 1 cup of cubed English cucumber
- ¼ cup of chopped fresh mint
- 2 tbsp of lime juice (about 1 lime)
- 1 tbsp of honey
- ½ tsp of sea salt
- ½ tsp of cracked black pepper
- Start by cutting your melon and cucumbers into cubes, all about the same size. Place them in a large bowl and set aside.
- Combine the honey, lime juice, sea salt and cracked black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk well. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and stir to combine. Add the fresh chopped mint and mix thoroughly.
- Store in the fridge and serve cold.
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