Thursday, August 11, 2016

Watermelon and Feta Salad

I have to share this delicious salad with you.  It has been so hot here in Mississippi.  One evening all I wanted was a quick, refreshing salad for dinner.  I had watermelon and Feta cheese in the fridge and wanted a salad which combined both.  After a quick look through the internet, I found Ina Garten's recipe.  I was excited to see that her recipe also included fresh mint and I have a caboodle of mint growing in the garden.  It looked like a win, win recipe!

I didn't have arugula, so I substituted crispy Romaine.  I also left out the shallot.  The salad was absolutely wonderful!  The mint added another level of freshness and the citrus vinaigrette was delicious.  I enjoyed the sweetness from the melon and the salty from the Feta.  Yummy!  I can't wait to make it again!  

Forgive my fancy, blurry photo!  I wasn't planning on blogging about it, but did snap a shot with my phone to share with a friend.  



Here is Ina's Recipe!

For the vinaigrette: 
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice 
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons) 
¼ cup minced shallots (1 large) 
1 tablespoon honey 
½ cup good olive oil 
1 teaspoon kosher salt 
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

3 cups (4 ounces) baby arugula, washed and spun dry 
1/8th seedless watermelon, rind removed, and cut in 1-inch cubes 
12 ounces good Feta cheese, ½-inch diced 
1 cup (4 ounces) whole fresh mint leaves, julienned

Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator. 

Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately. Hope you enjoy this delicious salad as much as I did!

12 comments:

  1. Yummy! Thank you for sharing at SYC! xx Jo

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    1. Hi Jo,
      It's delicious. Hope you try it!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  2. Oh...this looks awesome. I love how feta cheese compliments fruit. I can't wait to try this! :-D

    Thanks!

    Jane

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    1. Me too Jane. I love feta on almost anything! I think you will love this salad. Ina knows her food!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  3. This looks wonderful . . . so refreshing on a hot summer day :)

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    1. Good Morning Connie,
      It is a very refreshing salad. We have so many hot days still ahead and I plan to throw together this salad often. Hope you like it!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  4. Oh yum! Thanks for reminding me. I think I pinned this salad before and I wanted to try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. It is delicious. I have a watermelon on the counter waiting to be made into another yummy salad. With so many hot days still ahead of us, it's a delicious salad for lunch or supper.
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  5. Hi Lynda, just hopping back to let you know that you will be featured on SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  6. What a perfect salad for a hot summer day and it is beautiful too. It mixed two of my favorites watermelon and feta. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, & Make!

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    1. Hi Sharon,
      It is a great salad. I just cut up another watermelon tonight and I know what I am having for lunch tomorrow! I was excited to share at Snickerdoodle. Anything named after my favorite cookie has to be exceptional!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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