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


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