Our melon cucumber salad is made with sweet melon, cucumber, peppery arugula and crunchy radishes. It's topped up with fresh basil leaves and micro greens. The fresh and bright flavours work so well together, making it one of the perfect summer salads.
Make it as a side for a dinner party or enjoy it as a summer salad for lunch. Eating water rich fruit in the summer will keep you hydrated and thanks to the high vitamin content, you'll feel energised and ready to go.
This melon salad is an easy recipe you can put together in less than 10 minutes. And truthfully, who wants to work hard in the kitchen on a hot day, right?
What's a melon cucumber salad
A melon cucumber salad is a splendid combination of sweet melon, refreshing English cucumbers, crunchy radishes and peppery arugula. It's topped with micro greens, fresh basil and vegan feta cheese for added tang. You can dress it with a drop of lemon juice, a little olive oil or make a light vinaigrette.
Just make it all in a large bowl and have it for everyone to share or arrange it neatly on plates and make it look delicate, ready for a sophisticated dinner party.
This colorful salad is one of the many summer salads we recommend for the season. Make sure you try the citrus salad with oranges and cucumbers, or the delicious arugula and blackberry salad, an unexpected combination that just works!
Ingredients for melon cucumber salad
The main two ingredients for this salad are melon and cucumbers. But you can play a little with the rest of the ingredients. I'm now a big fan of sweet melon and refreshing cucumber combination. So good!
Melon - Any yellow melon would work for this salad. Cantaloupe is usually sweet and delicious in a salad, but I couldn't find any at my local grocer. So, I got the next best thing: Golden Delicious Melons. One taste and you'll fall in love. Their honey flavoured flesh is perfect for this salad. You can also use honeydew melons.
Cucumber - I recommend English cucumbers because they are crisp and slightly sweeter.
Arugula - I love the taste of arugula, that distinctive spicy kick that works so well in any salad. You can use baby spinach instead if you prefer.
Feta cheese - A must for this salad. Grab any vegan feta cheese and add the feta cheese crumble as a topping. It works so well with cucumber and with yellow melon.
Radish - For extra crunch, add a few sliced radishes to the salad. You can replace it with red pepper if you prefer.
Dressing - A little lemon juice or extra virgin olive oil or the combination of both. You can even add a light vinaigrette to it as well.
Topping - I love fresh basil leaves for this particular recipe and micro greens because they look so pretty. Replace basil with mint if you prefer. You can add toasted nuts if you want more consistency.
Tips for the melon salad
You can make the salad ahead of time but make sure you don't add the dressing before serving.
To make the salad even prettier you can use a melon baller and have melon balls with cucumbers and the rest of the ingredients in a serving bowl. This is made to impress.
This salad is best consumed fresh but you can store it in the fridge for up to 2 days. You want it fresh as otherwise it will become too soggy.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.