2 Years ago I lived in Valencia, Spain. It was during this time that I learned the difference a watermelon can bring to a salad on a hot Spanish summers day! There is something very special about the sweet watermelon with a touch of sea-salt, olive oil, lemon & balsamic vinegar.
During my Spanish summers of 2016 & 2017 a watermelon salad became my daily lunch ritual. Honestly I spent my whole time living off my homemade Spanish “ensalada con sandia”.
I may not be living the Spanish dream anymore but this hot weather has brought back all of my cravings.
I love to share my creations so here’s one especially for those summery days..
Recipe for the base (for 2 people ) –
* 1/4 medium watermelon
* 1 medium tomato (sliced)
* 1/2 large cucumber
* 1/4 sweet red & orange pepper
* 1/2 avocado
* 4-5 fresh mint leaves
* 2 large handfuls of spinach leaves
* TBSP of pine nuts
* TBSP olive oil
* TBSP of balsamic vinegar
* Juice from a 1/4 of a small lemon
* A sprinkle of sea-salt & black pepper to taste
Chop the watermelon, cucumber, & avocado into small chunks. Dice the sweet peppers, tomato, & mint leaves.
As your base, place the spinach leaves into a large salad bowl. Place all the ingredients on top including the pine nuts & mix with a large spoon.
Combine all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl & pour onto your salad mixing well.
(I recommend using your hands to massage the salad with the dressing).
Feel free to tag me on Instagram @activewithella if you recreate my little bowl of heaven. I would love to see your versions!
Until Next Time, Ella xxx