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Summer Salad Recipe with a Ripe Watermelon

Published on June 15, 2020

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What’s the perfect summer food? Watermelons!  The average American eats roughly 14 pounds of watermelon a year. Watermelons are 92% water, so they can help keep you hydrated during the hot summer months. They also pack a lot of nutritional benefits while being low in calories. They contain B vitamins, vitamins A and C, potassium, and magnesium.

Watermelons are in season between May and September in the U.S.. To find the perfect watermelon follow these 3 steps:

  • Look for any signs of damage to the outside.
  • Lift to see if it feels heavy for its size.
  • Turn it to look for a creamy yellow patch that tells you it was ripened in sun

Seedless watermelons are the most popular type. They are a little more expensive than seeded watermelons, but are worth it for convenience sake.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect watermelon, you can put it in a salad! Play off of their sweetness with sour, spicy, bitter, and salty flavors.

This recipe should yield 6-8 servings.

Combine the following:

  • 1 medium watermelon cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • Handful of chopped mint

Substitutions or additions:

Sour (lime)

  • 2-3 tbs Balsamic vinegar

Salty (feta)

  • 8 oz Ricotta Salata
  • Salted pepitas
  • Peanuts

Spicy (onion)

  • Dash of tabasco
  • Tajin or other chile powder

Bitter (mint)

  • Other herbs, such as basil, cilantro or dill
  • Watercress or arugula
  • Small cucumber cut into 1” cubes

Other additions:

  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries

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