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Spicy-Minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Posted May 01 2012 12:35pm
I've been on this kick of pairing 'opposing' flavors in the food and drink I've been having. Take for example a recent spicy-sweet cucumber cocktail I had that blew my socks off! Or a margarita cupcake I made for my friend Robin's birthday, topped with large flakes of gray sea salt. There's something so scrumptious in an unexpected flavor profile!
So for a recent potluck, I decided to take a very simple watermelon salad to the next-next level. I paired the sweet watermelon with salt, some cool mint with a hit of jalapeno, and some kind-of-bland cucumber with some zesty lime...and then tossed it all together to meld. I never thought watermelon could be made better, but these flavor combos really elevated it!

Makes 6-8 servings

2-3 lbs of watermelon (about 1/8 of a whole watermelon), cut into bite-sized chunks
1 small kirby cucumber (or 1/2 of a large cucumber), seeds scooped out, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
Zest of 1/2 lime
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 jalapeno (more or less depending on what you like), sliced super-thin
2-3 tbsp fresh chopped mint
1/4 tsp sea salt

Combine the cucumber, lime zest, lime juice, and jalapeno together in a bowl and refrigerate for about 15-20min. Remove from fridge and add salt. Let stand for a few minutes. Toss the watermelon and mint together, then toss in the cucmber-lime-jalapeno mixture, making sure everything is evenly distributed. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld, and then serve. (If you're not a fan of spicy things, feel free to remove the jalapeno before adding it to the watermelon.)
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