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Watermelon Radish and Cucumber Salad

This watermelon radish and cucumber salad is simple, yet vibrant and beautiful. Watermelon radishes 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 was like a kid in a candy store and grabbed handfuls of them (and squealed with glee on the inside).

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. So display I did!

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 fave – 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.

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?).

Watermelon radish and cucumber salad. Watermelon radish and cucumber salad. Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

In other news, I launched my new (and very first!) ebook today – and I’m doing all kinds of happy dancing. To be honest, I’m also a bit exhausted – I had noooo idea how much work it would be, where writing 138 pages became the easy part (ha!). Design, e-commerce, merchant processing, website coding…oh my. But the good news is that my website’s like a shiny new bookstore, with my book baby – Roaming Free – on display. She’s a little bit wellness + wanderlust. So if you haven’t yet checked her out, I would be most appreciative if you did!

Anywho – 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?


Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.Watermelon radish and cucumber salad. Watermelon radish and cucumber salad.

Watermelon Radish and Cucumber Salad
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 watermelon radish
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1½ cups microgreens
  • 1 tsp black lava salt
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
  1. Use a mandoline to slice very thin slices of the watermelon radishes and cucumber.
  2. Plate the salads by alternating slices of radish, cucumber and small handfuls of microgreens. Sprinkle the black lava salt on top.
  3. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle on top of the salad.

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Orange, Fennel and Avocado Salad

Roasted Beet, Blood Orange and Mandarin Salad

Eggplant Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes and Arugula

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7 comments on “Watermelon Radish and Cucumber Salad”

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  4. 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 :)

  5. 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?