Watermelon Cucumber and Quinoa Salad

The most amazing and prettiest Watermelon Cucumber and Quinoa Salad! Made with 5 simple ingredients like Watermelon, crisp cucumber, shaved red onion, feta and fluffy quinoa with a mint and basil vinaigrette for a delicious Summer in a bowl meal. 

The prettiest Watermelon Cucumber & Quinoa Summer Salad. GF

I feel like watermelon is the mascot fruit for Summer. I mean you’ll always find it at the beach, picnic, BBQ, you name it! Watermelon feta has also been a huge trend this season and I wanted to add my little healthnut twist on this classic flavour combo. I mean watermelon, feta, quinoa, cucumber.. cant get any more Summer than that!

I’m all about turning salads into a complete meal and with the addition of quinoa and cucumber this fruity Summer salad is officially a healthy complete dish you could serve as a main or side for summer potluck or pack it and take it with you on a picnic.

The prettiest Watermelon Cucumber & Quinoa Summer Salad. GF

If there by some miracle happens to be any leftovers let me just say this salad holds up amazingly well for up to 2-3 days in the fridge. I would just recommend serving the dressing on the side so the watermelon doesn’t become mushy.

The prettiest Watermelon Cucumber & Quinoa Summer Salad. GF

Not only is this possibly the prettiest salad I’ve ever made but its also the most Summery one. If you want to relive Summer over and over again throughout the fall months then I’m telling you that you need to make this salad because every bite is like a burst of summer!

The prettiest Watermelon Cucumber & Quinoa Summer Salad. GF

If you make this watermelon cucumber and quinoa salad, be sure to share a photo on social media and tag me @healthnutnutrition #healthnuteats so that I can see your creations!

 

Recipe

Watermelon Cucumber and Quinoa Salad

Fresh and sweet watermelon with crisp cucumber, shaved red onion, feta and fluffy quinoa with a mint and basil vinaigrette for a delicious Summer in a bowl salad.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 27 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber diced, skin on
  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 cup thinly shaved red onion I used a mandolin like this one
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat Greek feta cheese

Basil and Mint Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup finely sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Instructions:

  • In a medium saucepan, add in dry quinoa and water on medium-high heat, stir and bring to a boil. Once water has reached a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer covered for 12-15 min until cooked. Fluff with a fork and set aside aside to cool.
  • In a large salad bowl, add in all ingredients and gently toss.

Basil and Mint Vinaigrette

  • In a glass jar add in all ingredients and shake well until emulsified together.

Notes

The dressing will keep well in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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    2 comments
  1. combination of watermelon and basil and mints are so perfect and all my kids are amazed !
    especially my 13 year old boy who usually hates salad and he even had second !