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!
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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.
Nutrition Facts
Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving – makes 4)
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 243mg 10%
Potassium 290mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 16.1%
Vitamin C 16.9%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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!
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10 thoughts on “Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)

  1. Megan Stevens


    We didn’t have the pine nuts, but I did everything else exactly, and we LOVED this! Super special recipe to share with friends this summer for outdoor casual eating. Thank you!

    Reply
  2. heather


    Watermelon is the perfect summer food…light and refreshing. Interesting idea of adding prosciutto, too! Sweet with salty makes a great pairing

    Reply
  3. Kelly


    This is a perfect summertime salad. Love the saltiness of the prosciutto combined with the sweetness of the watermelon. Genius!

    Reply
  4. Mirlene


    Interesting combination. Watermelon and cucumber pairs well together, the prosciutto takes it to the top!

    Reply

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