This Watermelon and Spinach salad is perfect for the coming summer days. It’s also perfect for triggering Oxytocin, the happy hormone in your brain. Oxytocin helps impart feelings of joy and satisfaction, much like this salad.


1/4 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon grated lime zest

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons canola oil

4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root.

2 garlic cloves, minced.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon pepper


4 cups fresh baby spinach or arugula

3 cups cubed seedless watermelon.

2 cups cubed cantaloupe.

2 cups cubed English cucumber.

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro.

2 green onions, chopped.


In a small bowl, whisk the first nine ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients.

Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat; serve immediately.

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