Why Watermelon Makes Us Feel Good

Watermelon Cucumber Lime Salad

July 11, 2011   30 Comments

Snack Girl is chomping on watermelon and loving it. A hot day, a slice of watermelon, and watermelon juice all over the place. This is summer!

I buy a watermelon, slice it up into cubes, and put it in a plastic container for munching. I leave it in the front of the refrigerator so it is the FIRST thing I grab when I want to snack.

So, why the attraction? Watermelon is:

  • 92% water
  • Usually pink
  • Crunchy and sweet

So you get pink, sweet, crunchy hydration!

How can you go wrong? I have been trying to find uses for it because when you buy a large one it can be difficult to finish.

Last year, I posted a watermelon feta salad recipe and it IS one of my go to salads during the summer months. And, I like to puree watermelon in the blender, add a little honey, and have a watermelon drink.

My latest watermelon love features lime, salt, and cucumber and it is ridiculously easy to make and I can't stop eating it.

Which is a good thing because it is low in calories and high in satisfaction!

My kids will scarf this down (and even eat the cucumber).

Don't add the salt until the very last second before serving and try to keep the salad COLD. If I was taking this to work, I would bring a salt shaker with me because as soon as you add the salt the watermelon begins to get soggy.

I would also add some high quality chili powder (1/2 teaspoon or so) if only my children would let me ;-)

What is your favorite watermelon salad?

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad Recipe

(serves 4)

1 English cucumber
3 cups seedless watermelon (cubed)
1 lime
3/4 teaspoon salt
chili powder (optional)

Peel and cube the cucumber and mix with watermelon in a large bowl. Juice one lime and pour over mixture. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. When ready, add salt and optional chili powder. Enjoy!

51 calories, 0.3 g fat, 13.1 g carbohydrates, 1.3 g protein, 1.3 g fiber, 441 mg sodium, 0 Points+

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First 20 Comments: [ see all 30 ]

I don't like watermelon. :-( Give me apples, bananas, berries, mango, cantaloupe etc and I am in heaven. Everyone else can keep the watermelon.

on July 11, 2011

I'm not a fan, either ~ love the taste, not so much the texture.

on July 11, 2011

You're eating the wrong kind if you don't like the texture! The big one with seeds is much better than the new small seedless ones. Put some salt, well a lot of salt on it and it is heaven! I will have to try this recipe, it sounds wonderful!

on July 11, 2011

OMGosh, i can't believe that watermelon can be disliked.....i love it and i eat it everyday and depression sets in when winter is here and there is no watermelon!!

on July 11, 2011

i eat a whole seedless watermelon in a day by myself... that is how much i love it!

on July 11, 2011

oh my goodeness i've eaten a whole watermelon by myself during the course of a weekend! my favorite watermelon salad recipe: take watermelon, cut it open, grab spoon, eat.

on July 11, 2011

I cut the watermelon into triangles and freeze them. The kids love it. Like having a Popsicle.

on July 11, 2011

YUMMY!!! This looks and sounds amazing! I have all that I need to make it too. I'm home with my son who has croup so we'll be enjoying some of this today. Thanks Snack Girl!

on July 11, 2011

Watermelon with salt? I've never even considered that! Sounds kind of crazy but I'm also really intrigued. I might just try that out. Sounds really yummy though, love cucumbers and I love how watery and hydrating both are!

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on July 11, 2011

Summer = Watermelon. YUM YUM YUM!

on July 11, 2011

I agree SG...Watermelon is the BEST! I don't even need the salt. I cut it up in chunks and can eat on it all day long. Super good and refreshing.

on July 11, 2011

OH YUM!!!! I made a slightly different watermelon-feta salad (also had mint and olives), and took it to a party this weekend to RAVE reviews. I could have eaten the whole big bowl of it myself .... YUM!!!! LOVE melon of all kinds: just screams summer to me!

on July 11, 2011

WHOA! I'm shocked to find that there are people who don't like watermelon, it's the favourite fruit in the entire universe!

on July 11, 2011

ooh that sounds pretty neat! love your photo too, totally makes me wanna buy~
Buying a huge watermelon and cutting it up into cubes, store in plastic containers, and munching on it later is my FAVORITE way to snack too. :D Aside from the initial work, i love how easy it is to just bust it out and eat! unfortunately I tend to finish a whole tub of it by myself in one go...x___x that's a lot of sugar! at least it's good sugar lol. even with a large watermelon, i can finish it within a few days doing it this way (usually i get around 3 containers worth for half of a watermelon, so that's 6!). sometimes i eat a tub by itself as a meal (since i get so stuffed afterwards hehe).

another thing i love is if the watermelon rind happens to be relatively thick, i slice off the peel, then slice the rind into sorta strips (looks like rectangle if you lay it flat, but about a few mm thick), and then i STIRFRY it with dried red pepper and salt! it is SO GOOD. it's something my mom always makes when the rind's thick, and the mild sweetness mixed with the salty and spicy flavor is awesome :D

on July 11, 2011

I lovelovelove watermelon but the sad fact is I haven't gotten a sweet one yet this season no matter where I've tried purchasing one from. This makes me sad, because it's not a small investment if you wind up throwing it away.

Never tried salt on it. Doesn't sound very appetizing, but maybe...

on July 11, 2011

I have to try this! I LOVE watermelon, and now can't imagine NOT liking it. However, as a kid, I remember being very particular about it-sometimes it would be wonderful, and other times it would be very, VERY bland and a little pithy. Then I didn't like it so much - but still liked spitting out the seeds with my little brother! And I used to have it almost always with salt! Gotta try this.

on July 11, 2011

I love watermelons! I too eat it a dash of salt... it brings out the sweetness. *note'if you purchased an not so sweet watermelon, keep the receipt and take it back to the store.

on July 11, 2011

oooo...I LOVE chili pepper and a bit of sea salt on canteloupe, hadn't thought about it for watermelon. Sounds yummy.

on July 11, 2011

This was a 4th of July accident (plate with sushi, watermelon on it.) Try your watermelon dipped in SOY SAUCE AND WASABI!

on July 11, 2011

I have tried a variation of this salad with Quinoa and a small amount of an italian dressing of sorts. I love watermelon and have tried many of the varieties. The one I love the most is the seedless yellow flesh melon. Sweet (not overly), juicy, and memorable! :) I can't find it in the grocery store, but it is usually available at my local farmer's market.

on July 12, 2011

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