This is a really quick and easy fresh salad perfect for a hot summers day!
It may come as a surprise, but watermelon has many incredibly nutritious health benefits, as well as being extremely hydrating and tasting delicious. Watermelon is a great anti-inflammatory, due to its high levels of carotenoids, flavonoids and triterpenoids with very concentrated amounts of the phytochemical lycopene, as well as significant levels of beta-carotene (vitamin A). Not only is lycopene a very powerful anti-inflammatory, it is also an extremely important antioxidant that has the ability to neutralize free radicals within the body. Along with vitamin C, watermelon is also a very rich source of glutathione, which is rapidly becoming known as the body’s ‘master antioxidant’, both aiding in the stabilisation of free radicals within the body.
Watermelon contains high levels of the amino acid citrulline, which our bodies convert into arginine, used by the enzyme nitric oxide synthase to relax muscles around blood vessels, in turn helping to improve blood flow within arteries. For this reason, watermelon may help to improve cardiovascular disease and heart health, as well as improving symptoms of erectile dysfunction and soreness of muscles.
Watermelon is also high in potassium and very low in calories.
8 Decent Slices Organic Watermelon (or you can cube)
6 Slices Buffalo Halloumi (or preferred halloumi)
Small Handful Organic Coriander Leaves
2 Cups Organic Rocket or Baby Spinach (or preferred leafy greens)
Half Long Red Chilli (de-seeded & very thinly sliced)
Squeeze of Fresh Lime
Olive Oil (for cooking)
Heat frying pan on moderate-high heat. When pan is hot, add oil and slices of halloumi. Once golden brown, turn the halloumi over to cook on the other side. Remove halloumi from the frying pan and slice into smaller pieces. Place onto a plate with the rest of the ingredients with a squeeze of lime. We sprinkled a few black sesame seeds on top of ours, however you may like to use sunflower seeds, pinenuts or other.
This recipe should feed two people, you can use more or less watermelon and halloumi depending on how many mouths you are feeding!