Watermelon Summer Salad with Feta and Spicy Vinaigrette
Summer Salad Recipe: Watermelon and Feta with a Spicy Serrano Chile Vinaigrette
Sweet, salty, tangy, and hot - This exquisite summer salad will tantalize your palate with its well balanced mix of interesting flavors; juicy watermelon and feta cheese and arugula spiked with chiles, fresh herbs, and lime!
Is your mouth watering yet? This is an absolute must try summer salad recipe. It is superbly delicious and goes with anything; steak, chicken, or my favorite accompaniment: homemade turkey burgers.
1 cup olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp champagne vinegar
2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 small shallot, minced
1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, & chopped
salt to taste
1 small seedless watermelon
1/3 lb. block feta cheese
arugula or mixed salad greens
sliced banana pepper (optional)
sliced green onions (optional)
I have used dried red pepper flakes in place of the serrano chile, green onions in place of the shallot, and white wine vinegar in place of champagne vinegar before...and all combinations (based on what I had at home or what I forgot to get at the store) were equally delicious. I encourage you to modify!
To make the dressing: combine olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, thyme, shallot, and chile in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well and season with salt to taste, then place in the refrigerator to chill.
Remove rind from watermelon and slice into wedges or squares, about 1/2" thick.
Cut feta cheese into 1/8" slices and then cut into smaller cubes (or crumble if you wish).
To serve, place a layer of mixed greens on a plate and place a few wedges of watermelon on top. Sprinkle with feta cheese chunks or crumbles and onions and banana peppers (if you wish), then drizzle with vinaigrette.
Choosing a Tasty Watermelon
TIP: When choosing a watermelon, pick a heavier melon - it means it's fresher and more juicy! (That goes for other juicy fruits as well: grapefruits, oranges, lemons, other melons, etc.)
Make Melon Cutting Easier!
A proper knife is an essential tool for cutting melon. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much easier it is to cut watermelon with a high quality knife designed especially for the job!
The length of this specialty knife means it will accommodate most melons for ease of cutting, and will drastically decrease the amount of time and effort involved in cutting up your watermelon.
The knife features an ergonomic handle for the best grip to prevent your hand from slipping, and the serrated edge guarantees it will slice through the rind flawlessly. Plus the design is festive and summery, just like this wonderful juicy fruit!
Buy Local: Eat fresh while helping the environment and your community!
There are many benefits of buying locally:
Buying from local farmers' markets means that you are not only getting fresher produce, but you are making a more environmentally friendly choice and helping to support your local economy.
Did you know that the average supermarket potato has to travel 1.500 miles??
Produce that doesn't have to travel far to reach you means:
- The produce is more fresh because there is less of a delay in getting the harvest from the farm to you.
- Produce is picked when it's ready, not days or weeks before it has completely ripened to account for travel time, which means it has developed to its full potential of flavor and healthfulness.
- Freshly picked produce is more nutritious, as it doesn't travel in refrigerated trucks and spend time exposed to unnatural light, which can both degrade flavor and nutrients.
- Fewer preservatives and chemicals- such as the protective 'wax' that is applied to cucumbers and apples to make them last longer.
- Less pollution from vehicles and saves limited (and expensive) natural resources, like oil and gas
- Less wasteful packaging needed for shipping and storage purposes.
Buying locally helps stimulate the economy where you need it most; in your own town. This is true of all types of businesses, not just those related to farming and produce. Putting money in the hands of those who live around you keeps their businesses open and allows them to spend more money at other local establishments, in turn keeping those businesses viable and providing jobs for your community. Everybody wins!
See below for the link to a valuable resource for finding local produce near you (US only).
Round Watermelon Glass Cutting Board
Watermelon Picnic Doormat at Amazon
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading this page. What do you think? Will you try my yummy Watermelon Summer Salad Recipe?