When the sun is beaming and temperatures are soaring, what could be more refreshing than a hydrating watermelon salad? Our vibrant creation combines juicy watermelon, crisp cucumber, sweet strawberries, zesty red onion, fresh lettuce, aromatic mint, and vibrant coriander. Topped with a tangy lemon and Manuka honey dressing, this salad not only quenches your thirst but also provides the added benefits of antibacterial Manuka honey. Let's dive into the delicious details of this revitalising dish.
The Hydration Powerhouse: Watermelon: Watermelon, with its high water content, makes for the perfect summer fruit. Its juicy flesh helps keep you hydrated, while the natural sugars deliver a delightful sweetness. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, watermelon provides a refreshing boost and supports overall well-being.
Crispness and Coolness: Cucumber: Cucumber, known for its crisp texture and high water content, adds a refreshing element to the salad. It's an excellent source of hydration and provides essential electrolytes, aiding in maintaining a healthy fluid balance. The subtle flavour of cucumber complements the other ingredients, creating a delightful harmony.
A Burst of Sweetness: Strawberries: Sweet and juicy strawberries are not only a delicious addition to this salad but also a fantastic source of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Their vibrant red color adds visual appeal while their natural sweetness balances the tanginess of the lemon and red onion.
Zest and Boldness: Red Onion: With its distinct flavour and vibrant color, red onion brings a zesty punch to the salad. It adds a delightful tang and a hint of spiciness. Red onion also offers health benefits, including potential anti-inflammatory properties and a good dose of antioxidants.
Freshness and Crunch: Lettuce: Lettuce forms the crisp and refreshing base of our watermelon salad. Its delicate leaves provide a subtle crunch, while its high water content contributes to hydration. Lettuce also offers essential nutrients like vitamins A and K, making it a nutritious addition to the dish.
Aromatic Bliss: Mint and Coriander: The combination of fresh mint and fragrant coriander elevates the flavours of this salad. Mint adds a cool and invigorating element, while coriander provides a citrusy and slightly nutty aroma. Both herbs bring a burst of freshness to the salad, tantalizing your taste buds with each bite.
The Perfect Dressing: Lemon and Manuka Honey: To tie all the flavours together, we drizzle the salad with a tangy lemon and Manuka honey dressing. Lemon juice brings a zesty acidity, while the Manuka honey adds a touch of sweetness and its renowned antibacterial properties. The dressing complements the salad's vibrant ingredients, enhancing their natural flavours.
- 4 cups cubed watermelon
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
- Handful of fresh mint leaves, torn
- Handful of fresh coriander leaves
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoons Melora Manuka honey
- In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, red onion, lettuce, mint leaves, and coriander leaves.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and Melora Manuka honey until well combined.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss to coat all the ingredients.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.