watermelon salad

This is what I call a girl meal.  Christian was out of town recently for his vacation week while I was still working, so it meant it was full-on girl mode.  This usually means wine and cheese, but thanks to some help from April Norris of Optimal Vitality Wellness, I have a new stack of healthy, fresh summer recipes that I plan to take major advantage of!

April organizes seasonal wellness programs to revamp your energy, mind, digestion and overall health. Christian and I both enjoy eating healthy (not that I don’t love Cheetos so much I could marry them – I will never deny the truth), and when I mentioned April’s program to him he was definitely up for it.

I’m the kind of girl who can’t stick to a juice cleanse… I usually cheat six hours in.  With April’s program, if you slip it’s ok.  There are so many recipes to choose from and you can be as intense as you choose.  Even better?  You have the documents and recipes to hold onto forever, so you can always jump back on the wagon later!

I love this watermelon salad recipe that she’s allowed me to share with you guys. So delicious and summer fresh – even better when accompanied with a glass of Seven Daughters Wine (which is not on the program… so don’t tell!).


  • 4 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 TB pumpkin seeds
  • 1 lime, juiced


Mix everything together other than the lime juice.  Add the lime juice last.  Optional: add a source of protein (chicken, fish).

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Do you have a favorite summer salad? Don’t keep it from me – do share!

Thanks so much for reading! XO –

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17 thoughts on “Watermelon and Basil Salad

  1. Yum!! This is so healthy and sounds so delicious and refreshing. I’ve heard so many say how great a watermelon salad is but I’m yet to try one. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe 🙂 x

  2. I have not had nearly enough watermelon this summer. Love to cut it across (like a big circle slice) top with fresh motz, sprinkle with basil, toasted nuts, and a healthy drizzle of fig balsamic vinegar.

    1. Um…. YES. That sounds amazing – I am so trying that this weekend! Thanks so much for sharing –

  3. So I just have to say that I love your outdoor area! It looks so cute and cozy. I am not really a salad person so my go to summer “salad” is a chopped salad of my own invention. I chop up cucumber and mix it with garbanzo beans, shredded carrots, and diced tomato. I then sprinkle feta cheese on top and use an italian or greek dressing. So yummy and full of protein.

    1. Thanks so much Lyndsay! Honestly the bougainvillea does most of the work, anything looks pretty next to it! Um… that salad recipe sounds AMAZING. I’m so going to try it, thank youso much for sharing!!

  4. This looks so delicious, I have to try it. I have actually been looking for new healthy recipes (my routine of salads are starting to wear their course lol) and I haven’t tried watermelon on salad yet but this looks really good. I just love watermelon in the summer. Thank you so much for sharing.

    xoxo – Nicole @astyledloveaffair

  5. I love watermelon on a salad. Usually during the summer, I will do either a caprese salad (sometime adding fried eggplant with it). Lately though, I have been doing watermelon and feta cheese together with a little sea salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper on top. So good.

    1. Love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing – I wouldn’t ever think to add the cayenne pepper but that sounds so good!

  6. This looks so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing – will be trying the recipe this week. xx


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