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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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Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

This Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie is a deliciously refreshing cocktail or mocktail that’ll cool you down instantly on a hot day!

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

I don’t drink much alcohol, but the rare times that I do, it’s because I simply can’t say no to a good margarita. Tequila is my drink of choice and it seems to be the only type of liquor that doesn’t make me feel like complete crap afterwards. So when I recently visited Sayulita, you know I definitely indulged in a margarita or 5.

Well, Cinco de Mayo is this weekend, so I thought, what better excuse than to whip up a delicious margarita recipe? With hot, sunny days just around the corner, I couldn’t think of a better way to cool down than with this refreshing Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie.

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One thing I get annoyed with when I drink frozen cocktails is that, especially on a warm day, the ice melts too quickly and the drink gets watered down by the time you are halfway through it. Well, with this drink, that never happens because instead of using ice, you freeze the watermelon directly then blend it together to get that slushie texture. You definitely don’t need to rush through it to enjoy the yummy taste since it never gets diluted.

I tried this recipe both with and without the tequila and both ways tasted pretty darn amazing. While it’s fun to add the alcohol, you can also enjoy it as a delicious frozen treat especially if you have non-drinkers or kids around who want to feel included in the festivities. Whether you enjoy it as a cocktail or a mocktail, I think you’ll love this delicious and refreshing Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie!

I created this recipe as part of the #MargaritaWeek celebration with a bunch of other bloggers and recipe developers. If you want to take a look at some of the other margaritas in this party, go check it out here!

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

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Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 200kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 5 cups diced watermelon frozen
  • 3/4 cup 100% agave tequila omit for AIP or if avoiding alcohol
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or more, to taste
  • Sea Salt
  • Optional: lime and/or watermelon slices for garnish

Instructions

  • Pour sea salt in a small dish. Run a lime wedge around the rims of 4 glasses to wet them, then dip in sea salt. 
  • Place frozen watermelon, tequila (if using), lime juice, and honey in a high powered blender, and blend until smooth. 
  • Taste and add more honey, if needed.
  • Divide the slushie into the prepared glasses, then garnish with lime wedges and watermelon slices before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1margarita | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 248mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 21.9% | Vitamin C: 29.7% | Calcium: 1.8% | Iron: 2.5%

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