Watermelon Radish and Cucumber Salad


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This watermelon radish and cucumber salad is simple, yet vibrant and beautiful. Watermelon radishes are one of mother nature’s most stunning veggies and always brighten up any salad.

Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

I’ve been wanting to make a salad with watermelon radishes for quite a while. Their beauty has me mesmerized. But as is usually the case, my local farmer’s market and Whole Foods haven’t been carrying them. So when I did see them pop up in Whole Foods this week, I immediately grabbed handfuls of them!

What are Watermelon Radishes?

Watermelon radishes are an heirloom variety of daikon radish. And from the outside, you might think they’re a round version of a parsnip, albeit a little more whitish green. Kinda plain jane. But when you slice into it – POW – a brilliant, fuchsia interior that’s just waiting for you to put it on display.

Creating a Watermelon Radish Salad

My goal with this salad was to keep it elegantly simple. Just super thin slice of watermelon radish and cucumber, along with microgreens and a new favorite of mine – black lava salt. Oh, yes – black lava salt! When I first saw this on Instagram, I knew I had to have it. I’m kind of a salt fiend.

And making this salad is as easy as alternating the layers of watermelon radish and cucumber, topping with microgreens and sprinkling with black lava salt.

Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

So how does this salad taste? Well, it’s sweet, slightly peppery and crispy with hints of salty in all the right bites. In fact, I was debating if it even needed a dressing as I didn’t want to take away from the simplicity (or the color). So I opted for a simple lemon vinaigrette. Just a smidge of lemon to brighten up the salad even further (if that’s even possible?).

If you have watermelon radishes available where you’re at, give this salad a whirl. I promise whoever you make it for will be most impressed. Now, I just need to figure out a couple of other recipes to make with the remaining watermelon radishes that I’ve got. Any ideas?

For more healthy salad recipes, make sure to check out my Orange, Fennel and Avocado Salad, Easy Cucumber Salad, Zucchini Noodle Caprese, BLT Salad, and Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad.


Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

Watermelon Radish and Cucumber Salad

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This watermelon radish and cucumber salad is simple, yet vibrant and beautiful. It's the perfect spring salad recipe!


  • 4 watermelon radishes
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 1/2 cups microgreens
  • 1 tsp black lava salt
  • 1/2 recipe lemon vinaigrette


  • Use a mandoline to slice very thin slices of the watermelon radishes and cucumber.
  • Plate the salads by alternating slices or radish, cucumber and small handfuls of microgreens. Sprinkle the black lava salt on top.
  • Make the lemon vinaigrette and drizzle on top of the salad.

Lisa's Tips

  • This is my favorite mandoline for making extra thin slices for salads.
  • If you'd like a creamier dressing, you could always opt for my lemon tahini dressing as well.


Calories: 75.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.8g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 6.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Sodium: 520.5mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 2g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: watermelon radish, watermelon radish cucumber salad, watermelon radish salad
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Awesome! I omitted Dijon (SO doesn’t like) in dressing and used lime juice instead! So so good! Simple fresh and extremely tasty! Threw a little blue cheese on the salad as well!5 stars

  2. Radishes of all types are HIGHLY Under-rated! THX for this extra beautiful and simple, exquisite-looking salad! of course, “watermelon” radishes are great to just munchie-munch straight after washing and trimmed. Organic, it is a fab Filler snacky-pooh to have around all the time for those weight-watcher moments when one needs to quell hunger pangs between meals … and it actually brightens one teeth and can clear your sinuses.5 stars

  3. This is a beautiful salad. Watermelon radishes sound divine. I need to find them and try this salad.5 stars

  4. I found this recipe looking for what to make with watermelon radish and I’m so glad I did! I loved the flavors here with the lava salt.5 stars

  5. I love watermelon radishes, and this salad is gorgeous!
    Congrats on the eBook, it sounds amazing! Having just gone through the whole process of creating an eBook and cleanse program recently, I totally sympathize! haha But you’re dpne now, so you can catch your breath :)

    1. The first book/program is always the hardest, right? Guess that means we’re old pro’s now! ;) Thanks lovely! x

  6. Ooh, definitely a lucky Whole Foods find! Wonderful winter salad creation. MAJOR congratulations on the official e-book launch! So fabulous! And for the remaining watermelon radishes… what about using them on top of a healthy flatbread/pizza type dish?

    1. Thanks so much Liz – I greatly appreciate all your support! And YES – a pizza type dish would be awesome – brilliant! I could even do a cauliflower crust! Hmmm….the wheels are turning…. ;) xo