Monday, September 6

Watermelon Radish and Armenian Cucumber Salad Is Good Enough to Fight Over

Armenian cucumber also known as  "snake cucumber" or "snake melon"

What's this I see? Kids fighting over vegetables? Yes, it's true.

This past Saturday at the Little Italy Mercato in San Diego, two little boys were tussling over cucumbers. Well, not just any cucumbers, Armenian cucumbers, otherwise known as "snake cucumbers" and "snake melons."

"I wanted that one!" said the freckled blonde, stomping his right foot on the ground.

"Well, it's mine!" said the dark-haired one, fiercely, as he handed a curly, striped cucumber as tall as he was to his mother and asked: "Can I have this?"

I sighed. Ahhh! There is nothing so touching as seeing children fight over fresh farmers' market vegetables.

watermelon radish

If you've seen an Armenian cucumber, then you understand why they're so alluring.  Though a variety of melon, an Armenian cucumber looks and tastes like a regular cucumber, but can grown up to three feet long!

Pair them with electrifying pink watermelon radishes (a mild flavored variety of red radish) and you've got yourself one seriously spirited salad.

heirloom watermelon radish and cucumber salad

Watermelon Radish and Armenian Cucumber Salad
Makes 4 small or 2 large servings
Printable recipe.

1 1/4 cups watermelon radish, sliced thinly into half moons (about 1 large)
1 1/2 cups Armenian, Persian, or regular cucumber, sliced on the diagonal (about 2)
2-3 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Place radishes, cucumbers, and basil in a small bowl.

2. Whisk remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over salad. Toss lightly to coat. Serve.

You might also enjoy these recipes:
Watermelon and Green Olive Salad recipe from Food Blogga
Pickled Watermelon Radishes recipe from The Garden of Eating
Roasted Purple Cauliflower and Arugula Salad recipe from Food Blogga
Chilled Yogurt and Armenian Cucumber Soup recipe from The Armenian Kitchen
Watermelon Radish and Purple Cabbage Slaw recipe from Haw Berries & Kumquats
Feggous Salad (Armenian Cucumber Salad with Orange Flower Water) recipe from

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Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I have never seen watermelon radish! How pretty. :)

Unplanned Cooking said...

Looks so good - crispy vegetables on a summer day (though those are coming to a wrap unfortunately :(.

RecipeGirl said...

This salad is simply to pretty to eat. Thanks for reminding me of Mercato-- I love to take the trip down there on Saturdays but I always seem to forget. Such treasures there!

Lora said...

Just gorgeous!

Joanne said...

I love it. First of all the idea of seeing kids fighting over vegetables. Glorious. And totally as it should be.

And second of all this salad. It's so visually appealing!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

The colours in your sald look lovely. We call the Armenian cucumber "kheera" in India.
A great thirst quencher, it is sold in summer on little carts at almost every street corner. Yummy when eaten raw, dipped in a mixture of salt and chilli powder.

Seeing the watermelon radish for the first time, though.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

These are two ingredients I've never seen and they sure make a nice pairing.

Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

I've never had either but the salad looks so pretty with those radishes. Crazy how big those cucumbers get. My kids would be mesmerized too.

Eve Fox said...

Great idea, Susan! I love both watermelon radishes and armenian cukes but had never thought of pairing them.

Maria said...

What a gorgeous salad!

Kalyn Denny said...

I love those watermelon radishes. I've had good intentions of growing them for a few years now, but never find the seeds. Love your salad, so pretty!

Heather said...

What a beautiful salad! Looks almost too good to eat... but that won't stop me...

Stacy (Little Blue Hen) said...

I've had both of these items in my Suzie's Farm CSA share! And the only thing cuter than kids fighting over farmer's market veggies was when I took their farm tour and two little boys were very sad because the carrots weren't big enough to harvest yet.

The watermelon radishes have a nice zing to them and make any dish look spectacular!

Unknown said...

Besides being good to eat, these are beautiful.

If it is convenient, would you link this to My Meatless Mondays. This is a recipe, I would love to see included.

Christine said...

This is beautiful Susan! Oh, and mouthwatering.

We Are Not Martha said...

Whoa! I've never seen an Armenian cucumber or a watermelon radish, but now I MUST get my hands on some! These are SO beautiful :)


RamblingTart said...

Love that story, Susan. :-) And LOVE this salad! How stunningly beautiful!

Katie Zeller said...

How fun to find some new fruit? Veg? And they're so pretty!

A Busy Nest said...

Those are beautiful radishes!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm so jealous of your farmers' markets!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Can we please introduce these kids to my kids? They'd think that these vegetables looked good, but it'd be hard to get them to eat them. They might try...but that's about it! Haha. This sounds and looks gorgeous to me though!

Johanna GGG said...

those colours are sensational - if only I could find such radishes I might want to eat them rather than pass over them