Simple Cucumber & Watermelon Salad

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How adorable are these South Carolina wine glasses that one of my bridesmaids got us for our engagement?

Hi everyone! Sorry for being MIA for the last couple of months…I’m not sure if you heard the news yet – but I am excited to share with you all that Trevor and I are engaged!! Not only are we engaged, but Meaghan is my maid of honor!¬†Super exciting ūüôā

This healthy bachelorette has been wedding planning like woah! Of course, we have been meal planning and cooking healthy meals and I am excited to getting back to sharing some of my recipes with you all.

DSC_0698Here is a recipe I made the other night that is perfect for a summer weeknight dinner out on the porch, or to bring to your 4th of July picnic. It’s a great side dish for grilled salmon or chicken, or even put it on a bed of arugula for a refreshing summer lunch. If you start snacking it on for breakfast, that’s not the end of the world either. The best part? It has 5 just ingredients!

The Healthy Bachelorette: Simple Cucumber & Watermelon Salad

Simple Cucumber & Watermelon Salad

Serves: 2 servings, 2 leftovers

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 large local cucumber, cut into half moons
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Cut the watermelon and cucumber.
  2. In a large glass bowl, add the watermelon cubes, cut cucumber, olive oil and lime juice. Toss to combine.
  3. Add in the feta cheese and toss the salad to mix ingredients evenly.
  4. Serve cold – can store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Spiralized Cucumber Water

 

Sorry that I have been MIA y’all! I was fortunate enough to be invited to a friends wedding in ARUBA!! Congrats to Kory and Rich, so glad the MUSC Dietetic Internship Class of 2011 has stayed so close over the years ‚̧ I had an amazing time celebrating you all.

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The transition back into reality after Aruba has been pretty rough. The weather there is perfect (like 86 everyday), everyone is so nice, and I can’t tell you how happy I was to have no cell service. It was so incredibly relaxing! Take me back!

In my tough transition back into reality, I have been trying to get back to my normal routine of cooking and exercising … oh and catch up on missing a week of grad school too ūüėČ What better way to catch up slowly than to create a beverage that relaxes you?

I am probably the biggest cucumber fan you will ever meet. You know when people ask you those questions like “if you were a vegetable which vegetable would you be?” Well, I would be as cool as a cucumber. I love how refreshing and diverse cucumbers are; whether you are having them in a salad or a cocktail! When my friends see a gin & cucumber drink on the menu they without a doubt know I am going to order one (…OK at least 2).

Here is my recipe for relaxing cucumber water. I find that spiralizing the cucumber, rather than simply slicing it, gives it a bolder flavor.  Regardless of what is going on in your life, I promise you this drink will make you feel like you are at the S-P-A!

Spiralized Cucumber Water in Mason Jar Mugs

Relaxing Spiralized Cucumber Water

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 16oz of water

Directions

  1. Cut a large cucumber in half, and cut off the end.
  2. Using the largest pasta blade, spiralize the 1/2 cucumber into a small bowl.
  3. Add 1/2 of the spiralized cucumber into a glass and fill with water. Repeat with a second glass. (I love these ball jar mugs)
  4. Drink and relax!

Hint: You can also make a full pitcher of cucumber water with 1 whole spiralized cucumber. The increased surface area from the spiralizer strengthens the flavor, however for an even more intense cucumber flavor, refrigerate overnight.