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watermelon and feta salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad with mint and a lemon juice and olive oil dressing

This recipe has been in my files for a while now, however I’ve yet to write it up.  I don’t want another summer to go by without mentioning that this is one of my favorite summer salads and that it pleases everyone in the house. 

Watermelon and Feta Salad is an oldie but a goodie.  It’s classic for a reason.  My favorite rendition here strictly tosses watermelon, feta, and mint in a lemon and olive oil vinaigrette.  That said, there are versions that have olives for a fruity, salty kick or jeweled pomegranate seeds for a a nice pop of flavor. Feel free to add either of those in (but not at the same time). I will say the pomegranate goes better with a lime-olive oil dressing rather than lemon, but truly both work gorgeously.

This is absolutely perfect to bring to a BBQ. It’s a crowd pleaser, but I will say, make this the same day you want to serve it or at the very least hold off on adding in the feta. The salad doesn’t age well, in terms of looks, but will still be tasty. Eat within a few days.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

1 medium watermelon, cubed 

about 5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

a half clamshell of mint, chopped

1/2 – 1 lemon

3-4 tablespoons olive oil

Peel and cube the watermelon, crumble up and add in the feta, add in the chopped mint.  Using a reamer, juice the lemon over the watermelon, feta, and mint.  Your looking for a good tablespoon of lemon juice here, I usually only need half a lemon, but if yours is stingy use the whole thing. Drizzle over the olive oil.  Toss everything together to mix well.  Eat with gusto. 

Mango and Hearts of Palm Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Mango and Hearts of Palm Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Mango and Fresh Hearts of Palm

In an effort to eat more locally….I’m doing ok!…. I made a salad with mango, hearts of palm, lime…. all local. I normally don’t buy my lettuce local but that’s another story. This was a great tropical salad.  Easy and nice to compliment a midweek dinner. It’s husband approved (surprisingly!)  Continue reading

Asparagus Hominy Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

This recipe is an oldie but a goodie.  I’ve been making it for years – it’s from Heidi Swanson, a genius vegetarian who’s taught me so much.  Spring is the perfect time to make this salad.  It’s an asparagus salad and I found lots of asparagus at the farmers market!  Yay!!!!!

Two things struck me about this salad when I first started making it.  First, hominy.  I’m not sure if I ever had hominy before this salad.  The best hominy is the dried version – when I can, I buy mine from Rancho Gordo.  The dried hominy transforms this salad into extraordinary.  You taste the corn, you taste a slight saltiness from boiling the hominy in salted water….  It’s amazing.  Now, you can use canned and its still a perfectly lovely salad.  In fact I’ve done that here… I was out of dried hominy and I wanted to put my local, seasonal asparagus to good use.  To imitate dried and cooked hominy season it well before adding it to the salad.  I may try leaving it in a salt water solution next time if I don’t have dried.  I can’t let an asparagus season go by without making this salad. Continue reading