Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cold Cucumber-Watermelon Salad with Pine Nut-Mint Pesto

Everyone loves a good salad. Especially if that salad has veggies AND fruits. Super yum. This is a nice, quick meal that is not only filling, but very hydrating and refreshing. Both cucumber and watermelon top the charts as having the highest water content of any fruit and vegetable. So this is what you eat after those super sweaty long runs in 95 degree heat (I'm looking ahead to the summer...it's actually snowing as I type this!). Cool, crisp, refreshing, delicious, and quick. What more could you ask for?

Cold Cucumber-Watermelon Salad with Pine Nut-Mint Pesto

Cold Cucumber-Watermelon Salad with Pine Nut-Mint Pesto; Vegan, Gluten-Free. Serves One.

  1. 10 oz. fresh watermelon, cut into chunks
  2. 1 medium cucumber (mine weighed 7 oz.), sliced, then halved
  3. Dried Basil, for garnish
  4. 1 T raw pine nuts
  5. 2 Cups fresh spinach leaves
  6. 2-4 fresh mint leaves
  7. 1 T apple cider vinegar

  1. Arrange watermelon and cukes on a large plate (or in a large bowl). Sprinkle with dried basil.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to a mini food processor and process until finely chopped. Top salad with pesto and serve chilled. 

Note: You can add as much or as little mint as you want. If you want it really minty, add all four leaves. If you just want a touch of minty-ness, add only 2. 

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