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Melon Salad with Cucumber and Plums

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This sweet summer melon salad with fresh cucumber and plums is the perfect peer for your grilled dishes and a fun and delicious way to get those healthy carbs in!

overhead view of melon salad served on a white plate

It can’t get any summery with this fresh, sweet, and delicious Galia melon salad with the tangy taste of plums, cucumber, and tomatoes. This salad was the sweetest salad I have ever attempted to make that I thought it can pass for a dessert as well!

This year we had a fruitful Galia melon harvest, and I thought I had to consume those four, huge, Galia melons before they get over ripped. So I had to come up with something super quick, easy, delicious, and of course healthy! Turns out this salad was the perfect side dish for our grilled meat dishes!

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There are no rules for making this salad really. All you need to do is chop everything and throw in a salad bowl, add your favorite toppings and voila!

What you need to make this melon salad.

All you will need for this recipe is a handful of fresh, juicy, and delicious fruits and veggies! You can customize the amount you can use to your preference because there is no rule here.

Ingredients

  • Galia melon
  • cucumber
  • tomato
  • plumes
  • dried apricots (optional )
  • lemon juice, olive oil, and a little pinch of salt

How to make summer melon salad

  • I start by soaking dried apricots in warm water to soften them
  • Prepare your veggies and fruits and cut them into medium-sized wedges.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside while you prepare the dressing.
  • Add olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to a mini jar and whisk or shake until you reach a thick, well-combined consistency.
  • Add the dressing to the rest of the ingredients and toss lightly until well coated.
  • Drain the apricots for any excess water and chop them to medium-sized pieces.
  • Transfer the salad to a serving plate and top it with chopped dried apricots.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite healthy meals.
overhead view of melon salad served on a white plate

What type of melon I should use for this salad?

I believe, of all types of melon, Galia, Cantaloupe, and Canary melon will be the perfect choice for this recipe as these types have a distinctively sweet, but not overly sweet taste and a slightly tangy flavor that peers well with cucumber and plums. I personally used Galia melon for this recipe and I recommend using one of the types mentioned above for a sweet, delicious, and refreshing summer salad. Make sure that you are using a moderately ripe melon for a better taste.

closeup view of melon salad served on a white plate

Can I use other toppings?

Absolutely! Using dried apricots is optional. You can also incorporate nuts, raisins, or chopped mint leaves. What I love about some salad recipes is they are customizable, you can always play and experiment with different ingredients.

What can I serve with this salad recipe?

Sweet or semi-sweet salads that have fresh fruits in them make a great side dish for any kind of grilled meats. We love serving this melon salad with the following grill recipes:

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Melon Salad with Cucumber and Plums

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This sweet summer melon salad with fresh cucumber and plums is the perfect peer for your grilled dishes and a fun and delicious way to get those healthy carbs in!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Moroccan
Servings 3
Calories 119 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 quarter of a melon medium-sized
  • 2 plums medium-sized
  • 1 cucumber semi peeled, medium-sized
  • 1 tomato medium-sized
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots (optional)

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Start soaking dried apricots in warm water to soften.
  • Cut your fruits and vegetables into medium-sized wedges.
    overhead shot of melon salad ingredients cut into wedges
  • Transfer the ingredients to a mixing bowl and set a side.
  • Add the dressing ingredients to a mini mixing jar and shake or whisk well until well combined.
    salad dressing
  • Add the dressing to the rest of the ingredients and toss lightly until well coated.
  • Transfer to a serving plate or salad bowl.
  • Chop the softened dried apricots into medium-sized pieces and top them separately on the salad.
    chopped dried apricots
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword melon salad, plum salad, Summer salad