Summer cucumbers overrunning your garden? Look no further. Refreshing cucumbers, sweet watermelon and a smokey chili lime vinaigrette make this watermelon cucumber salad the perfect summer potluck dish. If you’re like me, you always wait until the last minute to decide what to bring to a potluck (because you probably totally forgot about it, thanks mom brain!) This simple summer salad is a crowd favorite and can be assembled quickly last minute!
If you have your shit together and you’re making this watermelon cucumber salad ahead of time, wait to add the dressing until serving. Cucumbers sitting in lime juice overnight adopt a “fun” pickle flavor that isn’t so much my jam. But it may be yours! You choose!
You can use whatever cucumbers your garden (or grocery store) gifts you, I prefer use Persian cucumbers because they are seedless and the skin doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste of more common cucumbers. English cucumbers or lemon cucumbers would also be delightful. Who knew you had so many cucumbers to choose from! Growing seeded cukes? Slice them in half lengthwise and remove the seeds by running a spoon down the soft center. If you’re worried about the bitter skin, give it a quick peel and you’ll be set.
Don’t be scared-off by the chili vinaigrette. It isn’t spicy! It simply adds a smokey depth of flavor to balance the sweetness of the dish. If you want a spicy kick add a 1/4 tsp of cayenne powder to the dressing.
Looking for more summer salad favorites?
Check out my Strawberry Spinach Summer Salad!