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Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)

If you are looking for a healthy and refreshing summer appetizer, look no further than this Whole30 Watermelon Cucumber Salad with prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, and mint!

watermelon cucumber salad-finished and plated

This watermelon cucumber salad was a result of me trying to find ways to use up a giant watermelon I recently bought. While eating it alone, sliced in triangles, is my favorite way to enjoy my favorite summer fruit, I was curious if I could incorporate it in to my meals.

I pulled some leftover ingredients from my fridge and tossed together with watermelon cubes, and I’m pretty obsessed with how refreshing and delicious this watermelon salad recipe turned out. So of course I had to share with you!

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto Recipe

I’m not always a fan of adding fruits to savory dishes, but the balance of flavors in this watermelon cucumber salad makes it so addicting and I just can’t get enough. The combination of the ingredients just gives this salad the best texture ever:

  • juicy and sweet bites of watermelon,
  • refreshing cucumbers,
  • salty prosciutto,
  • crunchy toasted pine nuts,
  • mint leaves,
  • all tossed with tart olive oil and lime juice dressing.

These flavors meld together beautifully to make a perfect summer salad that goes amazingly with some grilled meats.

pouring dressing over watermelon salad recipe
watermelon cucumber salad close up

Easy But Fancy Enough For Summer Get-Togethers

The best thing about this watermelon salad recipe is that not only is it a healthy, Whole30 salad that’s insanely delicious especially on a hot summer day, it’s super duper easy to make. I mean, it literally took me 15 minutes from start to finish.

However, the final result looks gorgeous and colorful enough that you can double or triple the recipe to serve at summer BBQs and get-togethers and everyone will be impressed! You can also prep the ingredients ahead of time, but I suggest tossing everything together right before serving for the best texture.

How to Make This Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto

The most difficult part of this watermelon salad recipe is actually chopping up the ingredients. I suggest cutting the watermelon into 1-inch cubes and cucumber into 1/2-inch pieces. You can also use a melon baller to create watermelon balls, which I think will be super fun and pretty!

The only cooking part of this recipe is toasting the pine nuts, and that can be done in less than 5 minutes on the stovetop until they are golden brown and fragrant.

I suggest tearing apart the mint leaves, instead of a slicing them with a knife so they impart a stronger mint flavor that can be melded in better with the rest of the ingredients.

Once all the ingredients are ready for this watermelon cucumber salad, all you have to do is toss them together and serve! Doesn’t get much easier than that, and even the dressing only has 4 ingredients. Definitely my kinda recipe.

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)

If you are looking for a healthy and refreshing summer appetizer, look no further than this Whole30 Watermelon Cucumber Salad with prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, and mint!
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword savory watermelon recipe, summer salads, watermelon salad recipe, whole30 salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 222kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon cubed
  • 1.5 cups cucumber chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves roughly torn into pieces
  • 2 oz prosciutto thinly sliced, nitrate free

Dressing

Instructions

  • Heat a dry pan over medium heat on the stove.
  • Add the pine nuts and toast until golden and fragrant while stirring constantly, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Combine watermelon, cucumber, and mint in a large bowl, then add the toasted pine nuts.
  • Whisk the dressing in a separate bowl and pour over the salad. Gently toss together.
  • Drape with prosciutto slices before serving.

Notes

If you want to make this ahead of time, you can chop the ingredients and toast the pines nuts the day before, as well and whisking the dressing together. Keep them separate and when you are ready to serve, toss everything together for best texture and freshness!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 4 | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 16.1% | Vitamin C: 16.9% | Calcium: 2.2% | Iron: 5.8%
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Refreshing Blueberry Salsa (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegan)

This quick and refreshing blueberry salsa is made with all the fresh and delicious ingredients, and it’s a perfect Whole30 and vegan 4th of July dip recipe!

refreshing blueberry salsa recipe

Homemade salsa is one of my favorite foods. There’s nothing as refreshing as when you chop up and combine the freshest of the fresh ingredients and let the flavors meld together to dip your favorite tortilla chips in. For today’s recipe, I decided to think a little bit outside the box to incorporate one of my favorite summer fruits into the mix, and the result is fantastic. It has a slight natural sweetness without the need for any sugar that’s in many store-bought salsa!

Refreshing Blueberry Salsa Recipe

This blueberry salsa recipe is so light and refreshing, and it makes a perfect summer snack. At first, I was a bit hesitant about how blueberries would taste in salsa, but it’s subtle and delicious while being unique and addicting at the same time.

It’s also a healthy low carb and Whole30 compliant salsa, and the festive colors are so perfect to serve as a 4th of July dip recipe or any other summer holidays.

Blueberry salsa before mixed together
fresh ingredients for a whole30 compliant salsa

How to Make This Blueberry Salsa

This blueberry salsa one of the easiest recipes to make. Just chop up the ingredients and mix them together! Roughly chopping up the blueberries first really lets their flavors combine better with the rest of the ingredients. If you are lazy like me (blueberries can roll all over the place on the cutting board!), just place them in the food processor and pulse a few times to get that rough chop.

While you can enjoy this right away, I do recommend letting the salsa sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so to let the flavors really build and meld together. It really does get better the longer it sits!

festive colors of this salsa make it perfect 4th of July dip recipe

Ways to Enjoy This Blueberry Salsa

I’ve actually been loving this blueberry salsa recipe in all different ways for every meal (like I said, I’m obsessed). Here are some of my favorite creative ways:

  • with tortilla chips (duh – I love my grain free Siete Foods chips!)
  • with plantain chips
  • on top of avocado toasts
  • over roasted or grilled veggies
  • with eggs
  • in tacos or burrito bowls
  • and since I said this is a Whole30 compliant salsa, you can enjoy them over fish, steak, chicken, or any of your favorite protein!

If you are reading this and it’s the summer, I highly recommend you give this blueberry salsa a try because it’s such a cool and refreshing snack on a hot day. It’s also an extremely easy 4th of July dip recipe that’s looks fancy and fun, so make it for all your summer festivities and get-togethers!

tortilla chip dipped in blueberry salsa

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Refreshing Blueberry Salsa (Paleo, Whole30, Vegan, Low Carb)

This quick and refreshing blueberry salsa is made with all the fresh and delicious ingredients, and it's a perfect Whole30 and vegan 4th of July dip recipe!
Course Condiment, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword 4th of july dips, 4th of july recipe, low carb salsa, portable low carb snacks, savory blueberry recipe, summer snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Optional resting time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 33kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and membranes removed, finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the blueberries. You can also put them in a food processor and pulse a few times.
  • Combine the blueberries and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.
  • You can enjoy right away, but it'll taste better after you let it sit for hour in the fridge so the flavors meld together and build!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – about 1/3 cup | Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2.7% | Vitamin C: 13.9% | Calcium: 0.5% | Iron: 0.8%
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Homemade Paleo Pigs in a Blanket

A favorite for both adults and kids alike, learn how to make paleo pigs in a blanket that’s healthier than the original but still super tasty and addicting!

paleo pigs in a blanket baked on a baking sheet

Pigs in a blanket is a type of dish that I get excited about growing up and even now. There’s something so yummy and comforting about these pillowy bites dipped in a delicious sauce that’s just so addicting. While I can’t enjoy them like I used to because of my gluten intolerance, I can definitely make a paleo version at home using much healthier and cleaner ingredients!

Paleo Pigs in a Blanket Recipe

While you do have to make the dough yourself and can’t use store-bought crescent rolls, this is a fun and easy pigs in a blanket recipe that doesn’t take too long to prep AND only needs 15 minutes in the oven. I was so pleased with the flaky and soft dough that wrapped the mini hot dogs and even my husband (who is a hot dog snob) said these were incredible!

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homemade pigs in a blanket before baking

How to Make Pigs in a Blanket That’s Healthy and Paleo

To make these homemade pigs in a blanket, you first have to make the dough with a combination of grain free flours for best results. I’ve never tried this by substituting with other flours so I can’t guarantee the same results if you make any modifications.

Unlike regular gluten dough, this paleo pigs in a blanket dough will be a little sticky and not as easy to work with. Make sure to let it sit in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to help it firm up, and then roll it out in between 2 parchment papers so it doesn’t stick to any surface. And when you are rolling the hot dogs into the dough, just be a bit more gentle when handling the dough, and it should be fairly easy to do.

Paleo Mini Hot Dogs

Conventional mini hot dogs or lil smokies can contain a lot of weird ingredients and preservatives, so I like to buy this grass fed version. It’s also Whole30-friendly, delicious, and just filled with super clean spices!

gluten free pigs on a blanket plated
dip for pigs in a blanket

My Favorite Dips For Homemade Pigs in a Blanket

I’m pretty basic when it comes to my dips for any kind of hot dogs. I’m a ketchup girl through and through. If you want to also make ketchup at home and maybe get creative with all the different ketchup varieties you can make, make sure to check out this post for the recipes.

I also think these will be fantastic with some honey mustard sauce (Whole30 version here) or even just plain mustard! What would you dip these homemade pigs in a blanket in or what did you love dipping them in growing up?

I hope you and your entire family enjoy this yummy and easy pigs in a blanket recipe, and let me know how you like them in the comments if you try them out!

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Homemade Paleo Pigs in a Blanket

A favorite for both adults and kids alike, learn how to make paleo pigs in a blanket that's healthier than the original but still super tasty and addicting!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword game day appetizer, gluten free appetizer, kid friendly recipe, paleo appetizer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Dough resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 386kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine all ingredients, except mini hot dogs, in a large bowl and knead into a sticky dough.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes until the dough firms up.
  • Place the dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper, and roll it out to a thin layer that's 1/8 inch thick.
  • Use a butter knife and score the dough into long triangles that are about 1.5 inch wide x 4 inch tall (see photo in the blog post).
  • Roll each hot dog into the triangle dough starting from the widest part. Repeat with the rest of the dough and hot dogs.
  • Place on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite dippings sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (makes 4) | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 0.2% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 8.6%
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