Oh, thank you Ina Garten, I LOVE you! You made me a superstar and you didn’t even know it. I knew salads could be easy, but not THIS easy, beautiful, healthy and delicious. Before we get to the salad, let start with a few fun facts about watermelon.
- July is National Watermelon month! Try this amazing salad before the watermelons go out of season!
- A Watermelon is actually a VEGETABLE – part of the gourd family. It is more closely related to a cucumber than a cantaloupe. I wish I knew this as a kid – I would have had NO problem getting my veggies down.
- Although a watermelon is deliciously sweet, it contains only half the amount of sugar of an apple. The “sweet” taste is the strongest, because the rest is pretty much…water.
- CAUTION Mama Wannas – Watermelon can inhibit semen production. You learn something new everyday…
So without further ado…on to the good stuff… The Easiest Way to Cut a Watermelon I haven’t mastered this technique just yet, but it’s still pretty easy, quick, and not nearly as messy as other ways I have used in the past. The pieces are also the perfect size for the salad.
The Freshest Salad of Summer – Arugula, Watermelon, Mint & Feta Summer Salad
Adapted from Food Network’s Ina Garten
For the vinaigrette:
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
1/4 cup minced shallots (1 large)
1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
For the Salad:
6 cups baby arugula,washed and spun dry
1/8 th seedless watermelon, rind removed, and cut in 1-inch cubes
12 ounces good feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced (purchase block – not crumbles)
1 cup (4 ounces) whole fresh mint leaves, julienned
Whisk together the first 6 ingredients. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly.
Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a bowl. Pour vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well. Enjoy!
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Tell us what your family thinks of this salad! Until next Wednesday,
Live your WHOLE life!
Meg + Shannon