Watermelons and cucumbers are two of my favorite things about summer, and they go perfect together! Seriously…they do. I am always looking for more ways to get fresh fruits and vegetables on my family’s dinner table and one way I do that is by salads. We pair fruit and traditional salads together quite often and my kids love it. But, the real winner for a summertime salad is my Watermelon-Cucumber Salad.
I head to the farmers market or local farm stand to pick out the perfect melon and, mint, onion and cucumbers to make this gem of a salad. I also top it with a local goat cheese from a family farm here in my region called Terrell Creek Farm from Fordland, MO. (For those of you afraid of goat cheese bc you’ve had a bad experience in the past- forget your previous experience. Terrell Creek Farm produces amazing goat cheese in a variety of flavors!)
I add a little lemon and some salted cashews to this salad for a little acidity and salt (bc salt and watermelon are a match made in Heaven.). And serve it immediately at your backyard bbq or as a weeknight side. Enjoy!
Thinly sliced red onion
4 cups watermelon
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Soak 1/2 thinly sliced red onion in cold water. Pat dry 4 cups diced watermelon and 1 seeded and sliced cucumber; toss with a handful of thinly sliced mint. Drain the onion, squeeze dry and add to the salad along with some chopped cashews. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and the juice of 1/2 lemon; season with salt and toss. Top with crumbled goat cheese.