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Watermelon Cucumber Chia Salad

Watermelon salad 4

Want a healthy, tasty and refreshing salad? Try this watermelon and cucumber salad! It is so simple to make yet delicious; great for hot days when you want something light to eat and a cooling salad to accompany spicy hot food. It makes a super side dish at barbecues and parties too.

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Sweet refreshing chunks of watermelon are mixed in with crunchy cucumber chunks, fresh mint and peppery rocket. Lime juice gives a fresh tangy zing and chia seeds and pumpkin seeds add crunch (the chia seeds also help to thicken the dressing).

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A variation of this salad includes adding a little cheese (vegan if required); the contrast of sweet, citrus, peppery rocket and creaminess is delicious!

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This salad can be whipped up in under 15 mins and stores well in the fridge. I love taking leftovers for packed lunch!

 

Makes: 1 large bowl (serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish)

Preparation time: 12-15 mins

Ingredients:

  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 small watermelon cut into chunks
  • 1 cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 30g rocket leaves
  • 10g chopped fresh mint
  • 30g pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Black pepper, to taste

Variations:

  • 30g toasted pistachios (for a nutty crunch)
  • 20g feta or vegan cheese, crumbled (adds a creamy, salty dimension)

 

Method:

  • Marinade the chopped red onion with the lime juice for about 5 mins
  • Whilst marinating, mix all other ingredients together in a large bowl. Then add the onion-lime dressing. Mix well.
  • Enjoy!

Watermelon salad 1

Watermelon salad 14 with pistachio

With pistachios

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With feta cheese

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