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Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish
September 5, 2016 in AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) · Appetizer · Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Nut-Free · Paleo · Salad · Summer · Vegan · 20 Comments

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish {paleo}Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Relish {paleo}

I can remember the sheer excitement of the days when my childhood best friend would ring the doorbell. I’d drop everything and sprint to the front door, flinging it open so hard I could barely hang on. Liesl’s brown eyes, my blue eyes would meet, both as big as saucers, and the screech of, “Let’s play!” coming simultaneously from our mouths. Some days it was barbies, some days hotel, library, or restaurant. Or we’d race to the park on our bikes and swing as high as the sky. We never really had a plan, just a spur of the moment kind of decision.

30 years later, things have changed, yet they’re still the same. My best friend is now named Sherrie, and we have to board a plane to ring each other’s doorbell. But the same excitement exudes when one of us picks the other up from the airport, something I honestly never thought I’d experience through an adult friendship. Once we get settled in, “Let’s cook and shoot something!” is the same as the “Let’s play!” of my younger years. This time, to the tune of this Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish.

Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish

After an exchange of hugs and a pho lunch in St. Louis last week, Sherrie mentioned she had just gotten a tripod and overhead arm. Perfect reason to make something and experiment, right? We didn’t have a lot of time (as I had an appointment that afternoon) nor many ingredients on hand, but that didn’t stop us.

She had picked up a gorgeous melon at the market, and when we sliced through it to reveal the canary yellow flesh, there was no question it would be the star. Tasting the juicy wedges, we loved its honey sweet yet earthy flavor…. even a hint of summer squash, different from the sugar sweet taste of red watermelons, in the best way.

Then the brainstorming started…. and ended in about 2 minutes. She had one lonely cucumber from her garden, a few green onions and parsley in the refrigerator, and a knob of ginger on her counter. The lightbulbs flickered, and a cucumber relish came to us as the answer.

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish {paleo}Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish

Dice, dice, chop, chop, stir, stir. An all green, savory relish that was a match made in heaven to the yellow watermelon triangles. With contrasting textures and flavors, we couldn’t photograph it fast enough, knowing that a juicy and refreshing snack was on the other side of a little work. The beauty of this salad is that the longer the relish sits, the better is. So make that piece a day ahead, then slice and go. And since watermelons are so big, my suggestion is to make it this way with the first half, then with Sherrie’s Herby Olive Oil Relish the second. Two slightly different variations, both totally delicious.

And seek out that yellow watermelon. It’s well worth it. Just like seeking out a good friend.

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish {paleo}

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish

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Preparation 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins
Serves 6     adjust servings

For another amazing rendition of this salad, try Sherrie's Herby Olive Oil Relish. You'll love it!

Ingredients

  • Yellow Watermelon, sliced into 1/2 inch thick triangles
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion

Instructions

  1. Whisk ginger, alt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, and parsley together to completely blend. Add cucumber and green onion. Stir to completely coat. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. To plate, arrange watermelon slices and spread relish in the middle. Dress with extra olive oil drizzles, salt, and pepper (this is important).

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish {vegan}

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20 thoughts on “Yellow Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber Ginger Relish

  1. Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk)

    This looks so good! I was super excited to find a yellow watermelon at the farmers market a couple weeks ago. I had to ask what it was because it was yellow on the outside and looked just like a spaghetti squash. I was sorely disappointed when I cut it open, though, because it was pink inside just like a regular watermelon! My search for yellow-on-the-inside watermelon continues…

    Reply
    1. amandapaa Post author

      Oh man, that is disappointing! This yellow one looked just like a typical red from the outside, green with barely there whitish stripes. I hope you can find one. They really taste a bit different in the best way. Xo!

      Reply
  2. Sherrie

    I want to relive this weekend with you forever, and ever. I miss you in STL. Chris and I have already started talking about a St. Paul winter trip. LOVE YOUUUU! xx

    Reply
    1. amandapaa Post author

      I miss it ALL. but I’m so glad it worked out to come visit. And our guys seemed to have just as much fun, which is always a bonus. Yes to a winter trip! Oh my gosh, already thinking of the things we can do.

      Watermelon sisters forever. xo

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      There are quite a few different heirloom varieties of yellow watermelon, so flavor can be dependent on that. We loved the sweet, yet subtle savory flavors of this one! xo

      Reply
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