Watermelon salad – the “beauty-makers” salad!

Sweet melon, salty feta and a hint of mint and lime!There is nothing more refreshing than a cool summer salad. Watermelon is usually served for dessert, but it becomes savory and fresh in this salad. Make it in minutes and serve it with chicken, fish, or beef — anything you can toss on a grill. It is particularly delicious with spicy grilled prawns. I like it for lunch too, and then I simply add more feta.

The bonus is that watermelon has only 40 calories per cup and is full of skin-nourishing antioxidants! I think of this as the beauty-maker’s salad
Serves 4 to 6
4 cups of cubed watermelon
3 cups of peeled and cubed cucumber. If you wish use small pickling cucumbers or English cucumbers, and then seeding is unnecessary. It is also optional to peel English cucumbers, otherwise scrub the peel well.
½- ¾ cup diced sweet onion
Squeeze the juice from 2 limes over the vegetables
Salt to taste, and add just a dash of cayenne if you wish
Do not make the salad too much in advance; an hour or two is fine, but if you do it too much more ahead of time, it will not look or taste as it should.
Place the well-chilled salad on a platter or in individual serving dishes.
Sprinkle with 1 cup of crumble feta. Use a nice creamy type.
Optional: Top with fresh mint or lemon thyme.

Eat for beauty

Did you know that sweet tasty watermelon is a natural beauty booster? Well, darlings it is. Watermelon is full of Vitamins C and A, and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is necessary to build collagen and keep you skin from sagging. So always be sure to get plenty of it in your diet. It also speeds healing. Watermelon is also rich in lycopene, as are all red, pink, and yellow fruits and vegetables. Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps protect your body against cancer and heart disease. It also helps to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol. The benefits of lycopene are well documented. Watermelon is also full of water, making it perfect for dieters at only 48 calories a cup. Studies show that eating water-saturated fiber-rich foods significantly aids any sensible weight loss plan.

So, enjoy cool sweet watermelon as a snack or in a salad during these last wonderful weeks of summer.