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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
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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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Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

This crunchy, sweet, and savory Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad with bacon is a refreshing summer salad that comes together in no time. The lemon date vinaigrette ties the flavors together beautifully!

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Summer is all about peaches and grilling for me, so I was beyond excited to see the first sign of peaches at the farmers market over the weekend. While I love juicy and drip-down-your-chin peaches on their own, one of my favorite ways to enjoy any fruit is by grilling them! If you’ve never tried grilling fruits before, you are missing out big time.

Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon Recipe

Grilling fruits caramelizes their natural sugars and really brings out their flavors to a whole new level. That’s what makes this Whole30 grilled peach salad so incredibly delicious.

Grilled peach slices are combined with salty bacon, toasted crunchy walnuts, and refreshing cucumbers and onions, all over a bed of slightly bitter arugula, then drizzled with a lemon date vinaigrette that makes the flavors pop and meld together in the most amazing way.

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Summertime Favorite

While this paleo and Whole30 grilled peach salad is quite simple and quick to make, the flavor profile and its fancy presentation makes it suitable for your next dinner party as well. Not only that, the components are meaty and filling enough to serve as a meal, and that’s how I’ve been enjoying it for a delicious way to up my fruits and veggie intake.

Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

Keep It Whole30

If you are in the middle of the Whole30 challenge, this salad is the perfect way to indulge in the best summer flavors without any added sugar. Just make sure your bacon is Whole30-compliant (no sugar or nitrates!) and use the vinaigrette recipe as written in the instructions.

If you are NOT doing the Whole30, you can substitute dates with honey for the vinaigrette, since you are more likely to have that on hand than medjool dates.

Hope you take advantage of summer’s best flavors and make this Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon!

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Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad With Bacon

This crunchy, sweet, and savory Paleo & Whole30 Grilled Peach Salad with bacon is a refreshing summer salad that comes together in no time. The lemon date vinaigrette ties the flavors together beautifully!
Course Main Course, Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 467kcal

Ingredients

Lemon Date Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 pitted medjool date 2 tsp honey if not on Whole30

Grilled Peach Salad with Bacon

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 peaches sliced
  • 4 cups arugula packed
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients for the vinaigrette in the blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts and heat until browned and fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the bacon and cook for 5 minutes until crispy.
  • Remove from heat and roughly chop into small pieces. Reserve the bacon fat.
  • Heat a grill or a grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Brush the peach slices with the bacon fat on both sides.
  • Grill the peach slices until grill marks appear, about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Assemble the salad: Place arugula, cucumber, and red onion in a large bowl. Top with toasted walnuts, bacon, and grilled peaches. Drizzle with the prepared vinaigrette.
  • Toss to coat before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 3 | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 19.8% | Vitamin C: 26.3% | Calcium: 8.3% | Iron: 8.2%
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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Tostones (also called patacones) are probably one of my favorite things to eat. They are a Caribbean and Latin American dish made with green plantains that are twice fried. They are cut into chunks and fried until they soften and are heated through, and then you smash them into a flat discs before frying them again until they are golden and crispy. It’s just the most addicting snack.

While the fried version is the original method, I recently started experimenting using the air fryer method and I love it. It comes out just as crispy and delicious, and the process is so much easier!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones Recipe

Personally, I feel that using the air fryer requires you to be less “hands-on” during the entire process which makes my life easier and allows me to cook other dishes at the same time. You don’t have to worry about the oil splattering everywhere, and you only have to flip the slices once in the air fryer basket.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Less Oil, Less Mess

Anytime there’s a frying or deep frying recipe, it does require a good amount of oil. And it’s so important to use high quality oils with a high smoking point like coconut oil or avocado oil for this purpose, so they don’t oxidize and cause harm to our health. I find that I don’t deep fry often, because it can actually get quite expensive in paleo cooking because these high quality oils are higher in price.

Thankfully, you can use just a fraction of cooking oil if you have an air fryer, and these paleo air fryer tostones still turn out so flavorful and crispy. On top of that, cleanup is just SO much easier because you don’t have to wipe down your countertop and stovetop from the oil splattering everywhere!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

My Favorite Dips with These Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

These tostones are delicious eaten on their own, especially with a splash of lime juice. However, if you want to spice it up even more with a yummy dip, these are some of my favorites:

Hope you enjoy this yummy Whole30 and AIP air fryer recipe. It’s so simple and easy, but so addicting and flavorful. It’s definitely on repeat in our house!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 1 minute
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 147kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 4 tsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • Optional: Lime juice

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, and combine water and salt in a large bowl. 
  • Cut the ends off the plantains and make a vertical slit through the skin, so you can easily remove the peel. 
  • Cut the plantains into 1-inch thick slices.
  • Toss the plantain slices with 2 tsp coconut oil. 
  • Cook in the air fryer in a single layer for 5 minutes.
  • Immediately remove the plantains and smash each slice with the bottom of a jar or a mug while they are hot. 
  • Soak the flattened slices in salt water for 1 minute, then pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Brush each flattened slice generously the rest of the coconut oil (2 tsp) front and back.
  • Place back in the air fryer for 5 minutes, gently flipping them halfway through. 
  • Sprinkle with lime juice, if using, and sea salt. 
  • Serve immediately alone or with your favorite dip like guacamole

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 20.2% | Vitamin C: 20% | Calcium: 0.6% | Iron: 3%
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