Who says salads are boring? Today I’m sharing one of my favourite summer salads, which is super-hydrating and is bursting with colour and flavour!
I first made this salad after a midday run, on one of the hottest days of the year! I honestly don’t know what I was thinking, but my ill-timed run left me so dehydrated, that I arrived home with a pounding head, craving emergency fluids and electrolytes!
Food was also on my mind, so after showering and sipping some electrolyte drink, I headed to the fridge to see what I could make for lunch.
Foods to Rehydrate
The first thing that caught my eye was a beautiful, juicy watermelon. Perfect, I thought – knowing that watermelon not only contains oodles of water, but also a healthy serving of electrolytes.
Next, I grabbed some refreshing cucumber, and then something salty… Olives!!
For the longest time, I didn’t like olives at all (despite my childhood dream of one day owning an olive grove!) and for many years I also avoided adding additional salt to my diet.
Olives have really grown on me though, and ever since I started running, I’ve found that a little extra salt is my friend!
After cutting up my watermelon, olives and cucumber, I then added a variety of seasonal, rainbow-coloured veg. Finally, I finished my salad off with some lemon-tahini dressing.
Having this hydrating, nutrient-rich salad on that hot summer’s day was one of the most satisfying meals of my life, and this is why I wanted to share it with you all today!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and please let me know in the comments below, what type of salads you like the most!
Easy Summer Salad with Olives and Fresh Watermelon
- 2 Cups Cubed Watermelon
- 1 Cup Diced Cucumber
- 1 Cup Sliced Red Cabbage
- 1 Cup Chopped Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Cup Sliced Olives
- 1/2 Cup Diced Red Onion
- 2 Tbsp Lemon-Tahini Dressing
Lemon Tahini Dressing
- 3 Tbsp Tahini
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 4 Tsp Lemon Juice
- 1/8th Tsp Salt
- Slice up your watermelon, olives and salad vegetables and put them into a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, make the lemon-tahini dressing by mixing together the tahini, lemon juice, water and salt. Stir until it's creamy and smooth.
- Add 2tbsp of the dressing to your salad bowl.
- Toss the salad until it's evenly coated in the dressing, then serve it up and enjoy!