Heatwaves are hitting the peninsula mercilessly, so we can’t do anything better than cool off with vitamin cocktails like this Cucumber, Strawberry, and Watermelon Salad, which gives us super vitamins, remineralizes us, and hydrates us, all in one. It is also delicious and allows different variations depending on what we find -already or still- in our main greengrocers greengrocers.
This little salad is a compendium of very watery and fresh fruits and vegetables, perfect for summer and its beginning: cucumber, strawberries if you’re lucky enough to find them around, watermelon and red onion. Season with aromatic lime juice, good olive oil and salt and pepper. If you run out of strawberries at your local store, you can substitute nectarines or other stone fruit, or even melon.
Does the combination of ingredients surprise you? Try it because you will love it. One observation: remember that it should not be prepared too far in advance, as the delicate fruit will soften and lose its freshness. Be sure to season at the last moment, as salt helps fruit and veggies dehydrate and collapse. Nothing beats topping off the salad with a good dash of freshly ground pepper, how it smells, mmmm.
Don’t over-stir the salad as watermelon and strawberries are delicate. Eye, they are not a lettuce.
for 4 people
- 300 g clean strawberries
- 300 g watermelon without peel
- 1 cucumber
- ½ red onion
- some mint leaves
- The juice of 1 lime
- 2 TBSP. native olive oil
- Salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
Wash the cucumbers because we are going to use them with the skin on. Cut into cubes of desired size.
Cut the watermelon into even cubes and finely chop the red onion.
Remove the stalks from the strawberries and cut in half or quarters.
Place all fruits and vegetables in a salad bowl; Season with lime juice and olive oil. Remove carefully. At the time of serving, salt the salad and sprinkle with ground pepper.
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