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by Maria Lichty

Maria is a recipe developer, writer, food photographer, and one-half of the popular food blog Two Peas and Their Pod. Maria and her husband, Josh, share simple family-friendly recipes, write about travel adventures, and their little pea, Caleb, on Two Peas. Maria is a cookie connoisseur, with close to 200 cookie recipes on their blog. Maria is also the author of the successful e-cookbook, "Cookie Cravings."

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  • With the weather starting to heat up and fruit abounding, your taste buds are sure to be craving something to quench your appetite and cool you off. This fruit salad couldn't be easier to make or more refreshing on a hot summer day.
  • Melons are a summertime delight! They are sweet and juicy, whether freshly picked or cooled in the refrigerator. You can use melons for more than just a snack or dessert. Try using them in salsas, as a side dish, or in drinks. We love thinking of new ways to perk up the flavor even more by adding a few surprising and flattering ingredients like in this fresh and mouth-watering salad!
  • Adding the crisp, cool and juicy cucumber to the melons is a perfect compliment. The ripe watermelon and cantaloupe are a sweet treat without feeling guilty and are tamed by the cool, fresh notes of the cucumber. I also decided to throw in some mint as an unexpected warm, clean and aromatic sweet flavor with a cool aftertaste that works perfect with the flavors of the melons and cucumber.
  • Something to keep in mind when picking your melons out is to make sure that they are the color they should be, heavy for their size, and are not damaged with any soft spots, cracks or mold.  I always like to keep our melons on the counter for a few days as well to help them ripen a bit more and reach their full flavor potential.

    So when you're looking for a new and yummy fruit salad for your upcoming BBQ or to keep you cool on a hot summer day, try this no fuss, quick and mouth-watering salad that will keep you satisfied through these hot summer months.
  • Melon Cucumber Mint Salad

    Serves 6-8

    Ingredients:

    1 small seedless personal size watermelon or ½ of a medium seedless watermelon
    1 small cantaloupe
    1 large cucumber, chopped
    1/2 cup freshly chopped mint

    Method:

    Cut your watermelon and cantaloupe into ½ inch cubes, removing rind and cantaloupe seeds. Place melons and cucumber into a large serving bowl. Add chopped mint and toss to combine. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

    -Maria
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