This has got to be the easiest and prettiest summer salad! Here's how to make a stunning watermelon cucumber mosaic salad with some simple toppings.
You don't need much to make this recipe, but it will be a hit at whatever summer meal or party you serve it at.
Why You Should Make This Salad
This beautiful mosaic salad (also called a Tetris salad or a cubed fruit salad) looks stunning and tastes great. It's a fun dish to serve because it looks so different than a regular fruit salad.
Watermelon and cucumber are a classic flavor pairing that's refreshing, crunchy, and light. This salad can be made in just a few minutes and is perfect for a BBQ, potluck, or dinner party.
Ingredients You'll Need
Watermelon - You'll need half a small (preferably seedless) watermelon. Look for melons with a creamy or yellow field spot on them (this means they've ripened in the field) that are heavy for their size (this means they're juicy).
Cucumbers - You'll need 2 good-sized cucumbers for this. You'll peel these, so feel free to use hothouse cucumbers for this recipe.
Olive Oil - You'll use 1 tablespoon of good olive oil for this. I like to keep nicer olive oil in my kitchen for recipes like this. If you're not heating the oil, then it should be a higher quality finishing oil.
Balsamic Vinegar - You'll use 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. It will add a great acidic kick to the dressing.
Mint - You'll need ¼ cup chopped fresh mint. You can also use fresh basil if you'd prefer.
Sea Salt - You'll need a pinch of flaky sea salt. If you want to measure it, use ⅛ teaspoon.
Optional Toppings - I love to add a little more green to the salad by topping it with microgreens. You can also add edible flowers like chamomile flowers. Check out our edible flower list to get more ideas.
More Summer Salads to Try
If you like these fresh flavors, check out some of our other favorite salads with cucumbers and watermelon!
- Watermelon Olive Salad - This unique flavor pairing is salty and sweet.
- Strawberry Cucumber Salad - Crunchy and tangy, this tasty summer salad can be eaten as lunch or a side dish.
- Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad - This gorgeous salad combines watermelon balls and fresh berries for a beautiful side salad.
- Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad Recipe - One of our most popular recipes - this salad is very refreshing and light.
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Specialty Ingredients - I recommend using Maldon sea salt for this recipe. Their salt has larger, flakier salt crystals - perfect as a finishing salt for a salad like this.
Storing Tips - This recipe is best served immediately, but you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Watermelon that has sat at room temperature for more than 4 hours should be discarded.
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- 2 large cucumbers
- ½ small watermelon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons microgreens
- optional - sprinkle of chamomile flowers
- Cut the sides of the cucumbers so they are in a long rectangular shape, then chop them into 1-inch pieces.
- Cut the watermelon into plates, then cut it into long 1-inch strips. Cut the opposite direction to make 1-inch squares.
- Create a mosaic pattern of watermelon and cucumber on a cutting board or large serving dish.
- Mix the olive oil and balsamic together in a small bowl and then drizzle on the watermelon and cucumber. Sprinkle the mint, salt, and microgreens across the top and garnish with optional edible flowers.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g