In 1970 I had the wonderful opportunity to live as an exchange student in Mexico. Every Sunday, my host family and I would attend church services, which wasn’t much different from life in California with my folks. The thing that set this Sunday morning ritual apart from my American life was the fruit vendor that waited outside the tiny church. He was there, faithfully, every Sunday at 11:oo am. We would line up to buy his sweet melons, pineapple and cactus fruit. Paper cones were loaded with assorted fruit, lime juice was squeezed over the top and a dusting of chili powder finished it off. The flavor was incredible!
I’ve been dealing with an abundance of cucumber from our garden this summer and wanted to make something other than the usual cucumber and red onion in sugar and vinegar. This simple salad came together quickly and made me reminiscent of my 16th year and the simple life in Mexico.
Watermelon & Cucumber Salad
Seedless watermelon, removed from rind
Cucumber, peeled and seeded
Cut watermelon and cucumber in bite size chunks and place in bowl. Cut and squeeze lime juice over the fruit. Season with salt and chili powder to taste. Chop cilantro and add to salad. Toss until the pieces are lightly coated. Enjoy!