Watermelon, Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with a Gin Splash

Watermelon, Cucumber and Strawberry Salad with a Gin Splash
Chef John Whaite makes a springtime salad packed with flavor.


  • 9 ounces watermelon
  • 6 ounces strawberries
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons gin
  • About 10 mint leaves, shredded
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Coarse black pepper

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1) Cut the watermelon into thin triangles—each about ¹⁄8 inch in thickness. Hull the strawberries, and slice them thinly. Slice the cucumber thinly, too. Drizzle the gin over the slices. Finish with a small pinch of salt and pepper and toss together. Arrange the slices randomly on a large platter and serve, scattering over the mint leaves. If you leave this for an hour or so at room temperature, it gets even better.

2) f you’re serving this to children and can’t bear the thought of slightly tipsy, unpleasant behavior, substitute the gin for freshly squeezed lime or orange juice.

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