Cucumber Watermelon Salad

This easy and refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad could be the hit at your 4th of July potluck. Summer is in full swing on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. And, as summer heats up, so does my craving for all things barbecue. Last week we ducked into Moe's for some Southern soul food and a hefty protein fix.

Moe's Original Bar B Que is known for its Alabama-style pulled pork, racks of ribs, chicken (and on some days, tofu) smoked over hard wood, as well as their sauces, traditional Southern sides and down-home desserts. Though no where in print (on menus or the website), I have been told by the Fort Collins manager that their sauces are gluten-free as are some of the sides—but be safe, always ask. You can find Moe's in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia and North Carolina.

One of the sides offered the day we stopped in (they vary weekly) was a Cucumber Watermelon Salad. It sounded refreshing and certainly was. Of course I had to come home and recreate it. I loved it, my husband called it "unique" (what does that mean?) and my neighbor, Hannah, enjoyed it but would have preferred it a little less heavy on the red onion. It's all a matter of personal taste—just tweak accordingly.

Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Easily Sweetener-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian

Serves:  4-6
Prep Time:  10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons RICE WINE VINEGAR
1 tablespoon runny HONEY
3 CUCUMBERS, peeled, deseeded and cut into 1/2" cubes
3 cups 1/2" cubed WATERMELON
1/4 cup sliced fresh BASIL LEAVES (stack leaves, roll lengthwise and slice)
1/4 cup thinly sliced RED ONION
SALT
GREEN ONION (optional)

Directions:

On stovetop or in microwave, gently heat honey. Whisk in vinegar. Toss with remaining ingredients. Salt to taste and garnish with green onion.

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