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Cucumber Avocado Watermelon Salad
August 3, 2018 in Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Nut-Free · Paleo · Recipe Box · Refined Sugar-Free · Salad · Summer · Vegan · Vegetables · 7 Comments

Cucumber Watermelon Avocado SaladCucumber Watermelon Avocado Salad

I love how the definition of comfort food drifts with the seasons.

August. The steamy days, and long nights. Those that allow the fields to flourish with fruits and vegetables, and their keepers to harvest them with steadfast soul. To then arrive in our hands.

Watermelon dripping from our chins.
Crunchy bites from cucumbers still warm off the vine.
Sweet corn in our teeth.
Juicy tomatoes dripping from a quintessential BLT.

Cucumber Watermelon Avocado SaladCucumber Watermelon Avocado Salad

So much of what I eat this time of year is essentially a non-recipe, those you throw together on a whim with so few ingredients, yet they meld together so perfectly you make every week until those ingredients are out of season.

That’s what this Cucumber Watermelon Avocado Salad is.

Bright.
Refreshing.
Creamy.
Crunchy.
Sweet.
Salty.

To have all those things in one bite is pure magic.

Dressed simply with the best olive oil you can buy, sweet summer basil, fresh lime (or lemon) juice, salt, and freshly ground black pepper for a subtle kick.

Cucumber Watermelon Avocado SaladCucumber Watermelon Avocado Salad

Although it may not seem important, the way you shape and cut the watermelon, cucumber, and avocado makes a difference. Square watermelon cubes, thinly shaved cucumber slices, and round avocado balls (who knew a melon baller would be used for avocado instead of the melon!) result in easy eating and the right amount of texture.

I’ll leave you with that, and also a note to say enjoy August for what it is. Overbuy at the farmers market because you can’t get enough of the colors and abundance. Drink iced coffee on your porch. Listen to the birds chirping, and the kids playing.

Let fall arrive when it arrives.

xo,
Amanda

{If you’re looking for a few more summer recipes, my archived favorites include: Italian Grilled Romaine Salad, Gluten-Free Brown Butter Raspberry Financiers, Burrata with Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, and Peach Baked Muesli.}

Cucumber Avocado Watermelon Salad

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Prep Time 20min Cook Time 5min

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups uniformly cubed watermelon
  • 1 small english cucumber, thinly sliced with a mandoline (I used this type of cucumber because it has fewer seeds and is less watery)
  • 1 ripe avocado, scooped into small balls with a melon baller
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • juice from one lime (or lemon, but I prefer lime)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Prepare watermelon, cucumber, and avocado and place in a large bowl. Squeeze lime over the top and gently stir. Then add olive oil, basil, salt and pepper. Gently stir and pour onto on a large plate.

Finish with a few cracks of black pepper and torn pieces of basil to garnish. 

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7 thoughts on “Cucumber Avocado Watermelon Salad

  1. Holly Simensen

    Enjoyed this salad over the weekend, and just loved it! It was so fresh and unusual, perfect for Florida. A simply outstanding salad, especially after being outside in the hot sun.

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