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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 Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad (Whole30 & AIP Option)

This Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad comes together in 5 minutes, and it’s a crunchy and refreshing side dish to any meal! Whole30 and AIP options available.

Most days of the week, my philosophy on side dishes is, “Whatever’s the easiest and quickest, while being healthy.” It usually doesn’t take too much effort to make veggies delicious and flavorful, especially when you buy high quality produce that’s local and organic.

Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad Recipe

This Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad fits the bill perfectly and it’s so refreshing on a hot day. It’s so simple and and easy, and it literally takes only 5 minutes from start to finish. I think I make it about 3-4 times a week because my husband and I both love it and it’s just so quick to throw together that it makes my job so easy.

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For That Extra Refreshing Crunch…

When it comes to cucumber salads, the crunchier, the better in my opinion. And if you like yours extra extra crunchy like me, use pickling cucumbers like kirby in this recipe! Pickling cucumbers are firmer, extra crunchy, and mild in flavor, so they are perfect for soaking up the dressing and spices without losing the texture.

Even if you aren’t serving this Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad right away and you let it sit in the fridge to let it pickle more, the cucumbers will soften a bit but it will still retain that refreshing and satisfying crunch way better than standard cucumbers.

I prefer this salad eaten right away, but we’ve saved leftovers for 3 days and it still tastes really yummy. The cucumbers will wilt and pickle more the longer it sits, while sweating out more juice as well, so you can drain it before serving if that happens.

Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad

Whole30 or AIP Options

This recipe is so versatile and you can adjust it according to your dietary restrictions without affecting the flavor too much. If you are doing the Whole30 challenge, just leave out the coconut sugar. If you are AIP, all you have to do is omit the ground black pepper.

It’s so easy to add ingredients or spices if you are feeling adventurous. I’ve added sliced olives, grated carrots, or red pepper flakes to this Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad, and it turns out yummy every time with these small variations!

Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad

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Refreshing Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad (Whole30 & AIP Optional)

This Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad comes together in 5 minutes, and it's a crunchy and refreshing side dish to any meal! Whole30 and AIP options available. 
Course Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 24kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Use a mandolin or a sharp knife to cut the cucumbers into thin slices.
  • Place in a large bowl. 
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and toss together gently.
  • Serve immediately, or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It will pickle and sweat more the longer it sits. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1.9% | Vitamin C: 5.6% | Calcium: 1.9% | Iron: 1.4%

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Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Riondo Prosecco. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that will cool you down instantly in the summertime!

Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz

With summer in full swing, I’ve been looking for a delicious refreshing drink to cool down with in the evenings and on weekends. While I don’t imbibe often, when I do decide to, I love something cold and refreshing like a prosecco that’s so fun and yummy at the same time, especially in the summertime.

Delicious Riondo Prosecco

I recently had the pleasure of trying out Riondo Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine that’s crisp and fruity with a perfect amount of sweet. I love that it has a screw-top for easy drinking, so you don’t have to feel like you need a special occasion to enjoy it. Plus, I have a weird irrational fear of opening champagne bottles and possibly hitting someone in the eye (I know, I know… highly unlikely), so I extra-appreciate this feature.

Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz

Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz Recipe

While Riondo Prosecco is delicious on its own, I decided to make it even more refreshing than it already is with this Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits, and I absolutely love adding cucumber to drinks so I decided to combine these two things in this easy and crisp cocktail.

To make this Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz, chopped cucumber is muddled with Aperol and cherry juice to release the refreshing flavor and juices. It’s then shaken up with ice and poured into a  wine glass, then topped with Riondo Prosecco to add that sparkling goodness.

I love this drink on a hot day as it always cools me down instantly. I hope you end up trying it out because it’s absolutely delicious!

Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz

Other Riondo Prosecco Cocktail Ideas

Looking for other creative ways to enjoy Riondo Prosecco? Check out these Riondo Prosecco Cocktails for some other refreshing cocktail ideas that you might love. And if you have any other ideas you want to share, leave me a comment below! I would love to know how you would enjoy this yummy prosecco.

Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz

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Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz

This Cherry Cucumber Prosecco Spritz is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that will cool you down instantly in the summertime!
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 inch piece of cucumber chopped
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1 oz cherry juice no sugar added
  • Ice
  • 1 Riondo Prosecco chilled
  • Optional: Fresh cherries for garnish
  • Optional: Cucumber ribbons for garnish

Instructions

  • Place cucumber, Aperol, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker, and muddle.
  • Add ice, and shake vigorously. 
  • Strain into a glass over ice, then top with Riondo Prosecco.
  • Garnish with fresh cherries and cucumber ribbons, if using , and enjoy!

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