Cucumber Melon Spa Salad

Cucumber Melon Spa Salad - BoulderLocavore.com

We’ve reached the part of the summer where it’s so hot I’m not interested in eating anything!  I walk through the grocery store with my kids staring at food with no inspiration for mealtime.  I’m convinced my muse has split for her own tropical vacation.

I recently bought a new kitchen gadget that has perked up my interest; a Sprializer.  The whimsical end result of the gadget is popping up all over the internet with ‘pasta’ made purely from vegetables, fruit ribbons and more.  I’m not usually one to jump on a trendy bandwagon and certainly my kitchen is bursting with niche gadgets already, however I love the idea of more easily incorporating fruits and vegetables into our family meals in unexpected ways.  It decreases cooking time (perfect for summer) and increases the nutrition we all need.

Cucumber Melon Spa Salad - BoulderLocavore.com

The Spiralizer really works best with firm fruits and vegetables and my ideas was for a bed of cucumber ‘noodles’ topped with juicy, cool, naturally-sweet melon balls and a light dressing.  A healthy salad to quench the heat and inviting to the palate.  I did not want a heavy vinaigrette but a smidge of a tang and a bit of some sweetness would be a perfect complement to the refreshing cucumber and sweet, juicy melon.

Though any neutral oil could be used I chose Grapeseed which is mild in flavor in a fantastic green hue.  As it sounds, grapeseed oil is derived from the seeds of grapes.  For cooking it has a reasonably high smoke point.  The flavor is light, clean and non-distinct making it perfect for dressings, as well as it is high in polyunsaturated fats which is a good attribute of fats and oils.  It is a great oil to keep in your pantry and perfect on this salad!

Cucumber Melon Spa Salad - BoulderLocavore.com

 

Cucumber Melon Spa Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 side salads and 1/3 cup dressing

This light, refreshing, juicy salad is not only healthy but perfect to stave off the summer heat. Spiralized cucumber noodles provide a bed for mixed melon balls, lightly dressed in a grapeseed oil mint dressing.

Should a spiralizer not be available, the cucumber may be cut into any desirable shape; thinly sliced, cut into matchsticks or thin shavings with a peeler. No matter what the shape, the salad will be delicious!

Ingredients

    Ingredients for Cucumber Melon Spa Salad:
  • 2 cups Cucumber 'noodles'
  • 1 1/2-2 cups mixed Melon balls (cantelope, honeydew, crenshaw, etc); sizes of the melon balls can also be varied for visual interest
  • Optional: Torn mint leaves to garnish
  • Ingredients for Spa Salad Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Mint, diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Agave Nectar

Instructions

  1. On serving plates assemble a bed of cucumber noodles, 1 cup per plate. Add melon balls equally to each plates.
  2. Combine ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl; whisk to fully combine. Lightly dress each salad. Torn mint leaves may be added if desired.
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Comments

  1. says

    OMG. This looks amazing!! Can I come over for spa day!!?? I have also been wanting to buy a spiralizer. Where did you get yours? I am going to be doing a conscious cleanse in almost 2 weeks and I’m looking for a way to have some fake pasta. Beautiful pics.

    • says

      Jaime I bought the one I linked to on Amazon (the live link; let me know if you can’t access it). I also have Amazon Prime so shipping was free. I am really excited to work with it. I am thinking winter squash noodles would be great for the cold temps.

  2. says

    I toats feel you – it IS so hot I’m not interested in eating anything! Let alone cooking much! Unless you give me a giant hunk of bread and some cheese. And wine. And I’m pretty happy then.

    I have a cucumber in the fridge right now that I didn’t know what to do with.. so you know… thanks :)

    PS. Your bowls are unbelievably adorable.

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