This hydrating fruit salad will be a staple at your barbecues this summer. Plus you can turn it into refreshing spa water!
I have a confession: I’m terrible at drinking enough water. I don’t really like it, plus I always forget. There are literally nights where I’ll be getting ready for bed and realize that all I’ve had to drink all day was coffee. And then I’ll feel like garbage because I’m so dehydrated. It’s not good – especially in the summer when it’s hot outside.
But I’m trying to be better! I downloaded an app called Plant Nanny where you “water” a plant every time you drink, and if you don’t drink enough, it’ll die. It’s ridiculous but it’s addictive (and kind of like a tamagatchi for the digital age – remember those?!) but it’s helping.
I’ve also been making big bowls of this hydrating fruit salad every week. It’s full of hydrating foods like watermelon, berries, and cucumbers and tossed with lime juice, honey, and fresh mint. An optional pinch of salt balances things out and makes the fruit taste even sweeter. This fruit salad definitely doesn’t replace drinking water, I like to think that it helps.
How to make hydrating fruit salad with watermelon, cucumber and mint:
The addition of cucumber – I was inspired by this kale and blueberry salad – and mint makes this fruit salad really special, and I think you’ll agree. I’ll be eating it all summer long, and it would be great to bring along to summer barbecues! Today, I’m sharing it as part of a 4th of July Progressive Eats menu, hosted by Barb from Creative Culinary. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to see what everyone else contributed! (If you prefer tropical flavors in your fruit salad, this tropical fruit salad with vanilla and lime might be more your speed.)
I also discovered that this fruit salad makes amazing spa water. Just add about 1 cup of salad to a pitcher and then fill it the rest of the way with sparkling water (I use my soda stream to carbonate tap water). The juicy fruit flavors the water really quickly, and the result is really nice and refreshing.
Hydrating Fruit Salad
- 1/2 small seedless watermelon, chopped (about 6 cups)
- 1 pint strawberries, quartered
- 1/2 pint blueberries
- 3 Persian cucumbers (or 1 seedless cucumber), sliced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 1 pinch salt (optional)
Combine the fruit in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey, fresh mint, and salt (if using). Pour over the fruit and toss to combine.
Refrigerate 1 hour, or until thoroughly chilled.
Add 1 cup fruit salad to a pitcher and cover with sparkling water for a refreshing drink!
I am not a certified nutritionist. Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional advice by certified health professionals; please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.
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