The Shady Porch: Delightful Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

8.08.2011

Delightful Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

We harvested a couple of small watermelons from the garden the other day. The lack of rain, coupled with the recent high temperatures, caused one to split, so we decided to cut our losses and harvest two of them early. 
Watermelon Cucumber Salad by The Shady Porch
Watermelon-Cucumber Salad with Sweet & Sour Dressing
I wanted to use the melon and some other produce harvested from the garden that day -cucumber and green onions - so I did what so many do... I Googled! And I found that folks use all of these in a salad together! Awesome! So I cubed the 2 little watermelons,* cubed 2 medium cucumbers, and gave a medium chop to a bunch of green onions (about 6). I also chopped up 1/2 of good sized red onion we had in the pantry.
Placed it all in a bowl, gave it a couple of tosses, and Ta-dah! Salad was ready.

But what is a salad without dressing? Among the many salad recipes, I found a dressing that not only sounded good on paper, but actually complemented the sweetness of the watermelon and added a wonderful dimension to the salad. As good as the salad looks raw (and it does!), this dressing should not be skipped. 
Yum-0 (May I borrow that, Ms. Ray?)...nothing tastes as good as summertime!

(*For the garden enthusiast or anyone else curious, we grew Sugar Baby watermelons, Evergreen white bunching onions and Straight Eight cucumbers.) 

 Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Sweet & Sour Dressing


Salad Ingredients
Cubed watermelon, bite-size
2-3 cubed cucumbers
6 green onions, chopped
1 med. chopped red onion, optional


Sweet & Sour Dressing
1/2 cider vinegar
1 cup water
1/4 cup Splenda Blend (1/2 cup if using sugar)
Salt & Pepper to taste (I used kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.)
(The recipe also called for 1 T. poppy seeds; I didn't have any, so I left them out. 

-Original recipe at My Gourmet Connection.