Watermelon and Cucumber Rice Noodle Salad

by Amy on 26 July 2015

Watermelon-Cucumber Rice Noodle Salad (with Coconut-Lime Dressing) - www.FearlessHomemaker.com

Today, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was assigned 84th & 3rd, a beautifully-photographed blog with an emphasis on unprocessed, healthy, delicious recipes. Choosing a recipe actually proved quite challenging, because there were SO many with intriguing new-to-me flavor combinations and/or ingredients. In the end, I chose this Watermelon & Cucumber Salad, because we have fresh cucumbers growing in our garden, watermelons are juicy, + in season, and I love rice noodles. And what a beautiful, scrumptious, bright, light salad this is! Crisp cucumber, sweet watermelon, peppery radish, and my beloved rice noodles are tossed with a sweet-tangy coconut-lime-mint dressing. The combination of flavors, textures, (and colors!) is absolute perfection – this is sunshiny summer on a plate, y’all.

Thank you to JJ for introducing me to this exquisite summer salad + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

Watermelon-Cucumber Rice Noodle Salad (with Coconut-Lime Dressing) - www.FearlessHomemaker.com

Watermelon and Cucumber Rice Noodle Salad

serves 1-2, adapted from 84th & 3rd

Ingredients

3/4 cup coconut milk
juice and zest of 1/2 lime (reserve other 1/2 of lime for garnish)
1″ fresh ginger, grated
1/8 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped, divided
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 cup watermelon cubes
1 cup chopped cucumber
4 radishes, thinly-sliced
4 ounces rice vermicelli noodles

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, lime zest/juice, grated ginger, half of the chopped mint leaves, kosher salt, and vinegar. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, and radishes and toss with half of the prepared coconut-lime dressing.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the rice noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they are just becoming tender. Drain, rinse well with cold water and drain again. Toss with the remaining coconut-lime dressing.

Assemble the salad: Place the dressed rice noodles in a large bowl or plate. Top with the dressed watermelon/radish/cucumber. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped mint leaves. Serve at room temperature, or cold, depending on your preference.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth July 27, 2015 at 8:05 am

That’s one of the prettiest salads I’ve ever seen! I can’t imagine a lovelier end-of-July treat.

2 Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm July 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

This just sounds and looks lovely. Great SRC pick.

3 SallyBR July 27, 2015 at 9:05 am

Very interesting recipe, so refreshing and unusual… love your choice!

4 Emily @ Life on Food July 27, 2015 at 9:22 am

What a beautiful salad with wonderful colors!! Happy Reveal Day!

5 Sam @ SugarSpunRun July 27, 2015 at 9:51 am

Definitely a unique salad, I’d love to try it out! Very refreshing! :)

6 Karen July 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

SUCH a pretty dish Amy and with vibrant summer colours too! I would really enjoy that, what a fab pick for SRC this month! Karen

7 sarah k @ the pajama chef July 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

what a great salad!

8 Christine July 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Oh wow! This salad looks amazing! I never would have thought to combine those flavors, but it definitely looks pretty!

9 Melissa July 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm

What a beautiful salad. At first, I thought the flavor combo was odd, but after I started reading through your description, it sounds amazing! I can’t wait to give this a try while watermelon is still in season! Great pick this month :)

10 Amy July 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Honestly, I thought the same thing when I first saw the recipe on JJ’s blog, but because we had a bunch of the stuff already growing in our garden, and I love rice noodles, I couldn’t resist trying it. It turned out SO good – I’m glad I stepped outside of my normal comfort zone to try something a little different (and a lot delicious). =)

11 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories July 27, 2015 at 10:18 pm

How cool that you got to try new flavors, and liked them! Your salad is stunning!

12 Christie July 28, 2015 at 5:19 am

That’s twice I’ve seen watermelon and cucumber together THIS WEEK! It must be good. This looks delicious, so you know it’s #onthemenu.

13 Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines July 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

What a refreshing salad!
Perfect for the hot summer days!
Great src pick.
Lynn@ Turnips 2 Tangerines

14 Rebekah @ Making Miracles July 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

Summer on a platter – absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

15 Nicole July 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Wow, such a beautiful dish! I would never think of watermelon and noodles but I’ve got to try this.

16 Agness July 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

What a yummy yummy alternative for a salad!! :) Great idea for summer mniam mniam!

17 Ashley | The Recipe Rebel July 28, 2015 at 12:52 pm

This is such a great combo — The perfect summer salad! Such a fun club to be a part of!

18 Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook July 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Absolutely stunning, and I imagine very refreshing.

19 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 30, 2015 at 7:08 am

I agree her blog is beautiful! I remember admiring the photos when I was assigned awhile back. As for the recipe definitely looks like the perfect, lighter noodle salad for summer.

20 Tara August 1, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Love the colors. Looks so light and refreshing. Perfect for summer. Great pick this month!

21 Amy (Savory Moments) August 3, 2015 at 5:05 am

This is such a different salad – very unique and refreshing!

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