Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Simple Melon-Cucumber Salad
(78 calories | *1 WW SmartPoint)
I have a refreshing little salad recipe to share with you today.
You’ll find it especially timely if your garden is producing more cucumbers than you know what to do with.
Light and refreshing, crunchy, sweet and juicy, the combination of cucumbers and melon is very appealing on a hot summer day.
Have you ever had or seen melon combined with cucumber?
It was a revelation to me when I first sampled it last summer at Pane-Bianco sandwich shop here in Phoenix.
A simple salad of sliced cucumbers and cubed melon tossed with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil, it was refreshing and satisfying.
I thought the creators of what seemed to me an unlikely combination that complement each other so beautifully were brilliant.
So, imagine my shock to discover a nearly identical recipe in my old Betty Crocker cookbook, 1978. The more you study food the more you come to appreciate that that there really is nothing new under the sun.
One thing I can count on: as summer progresses, I become less and less interested in cooking, opting for more and more “no cook” dishes like salads and sandwiches.
Fortunately, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables this time of year makes it easy to get good-for-you food on the table with minimal time in the kitchen.
And with few calories and SmartPoints too.
Which is why for many folks, summer is the easiest time of year to lose weight.
Skinny on Simple Melon Cucumber Salad Recipe
This simple melon cucumber salad is easy to prepare, provided you have a sharp knife. Just a few basic ingredients and you’re good too go.
If you have thin skinned cucumbers from your garden or the English (hothouse) kind from the supermarket, you’ll even be able to skip over peeling the cucumbers.
Feel free to get creative with your melon cucumber salad. Use whatever melon – honeydew, cantaloup, watermelon – you prefer.
Keep things simple, or get fancy with the addition of a little feta cheese, sliced radishes or chopped fresh mint.
According to my calculations each serving has *1 SmartPoint and works with Simply Filling provided you count the oil in your daily requirement. Enjoy!
Curious about Weight Watchers Freestyle/Flex plan?
Watch this short video to learn more:
Melon Cucumber Salad Recipe Variations
different melons or a combination: honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon
different seasonings and garnishes: feta, Pecorino, mint, chopped scallion, dill, sliced radishes, sliced almonds, chopped jicama
If you like this easy cucumber salad with melon, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup, WW Simple Cucumber Salad, WW Orange Cucumber Salad (Simply Filling), Simple Chilled Cucumber Soup and Watermelon Feta Salad.
Light & Cruncy Melon Cucumber Salad Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Dash of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cups (3/4-inch pieces) of melon (honeydew, cantaloupe and/or watermelon)
- In a large bowl, stir together oil, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
- Toss dressing with cucumber and melon.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
This video shows how Betty makes her own honeydew and cucumber salad:
More Weight Watchers Friendly Cucumber Salad Recipes
- Strawberry Cucumber Salad (SkinnyTaste)
- Spiralized Greek Cucumber Salad with Lemon & Feta (SkinnyTaste)
- Quinoa Cucumber Tomato Salad (LaaLoosh)
- Asian Cucumber & Jicama Slaw (Cookin’Canuck)
- Sweet Cucumber, Red Onion & Dill Salad (EatYourselfSkinny)
- Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad (LaaLoosh)
How to make watermelon, cantaloupe and cucumber salad:
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