Hydrating Watermelon Salad Recipe

Use this fresh, beautiful fruit and vegetable salad to get a boost of antioxidants and hydration. You can also substitute other in-season melons.


Serves 2

This is such a perfect summer salad, wonderfully hydrating, thanks to possibly two of the most water-rich foods on the planet – watermelon and cucumber. I love the beautiful colour contrast between red and green but I’m aware that, despite supermarkets seemingly catering for our every need all year round, watermelon still tends to be fairly seasonal. If you can, look for the seeded sort. Honeydew or cantaloupe melon would work well as an alternative when watermelon is not available.


  • 1/2 watermelon, cut into triangles
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced
  • 50g pitted black olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon manuka honey
  • Handful of mint leaves, chopped
  • Black pepper
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan salt


  1. Mix the watermelon, red onion, cucumber and olives together in a salad bowl.
  2. Drizzle with the olive oil, lime juice and manuka honey.
  3. Stir in the chopped mint leaves and add a few twists of black pepper and a pinch of pink Himalayan salt.

With a pH level of 9.0 and containing 92 per cent water, watermelon is incredibly alkaline. Besides being extremely delicious, the fruit quenches our thirst as well as boosting the body with antioxidant lycopene and vitamin A.

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