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Refreshing Watermelon Salads

As refreshing afternoon snacks or lighter sides for off-the-grill favorites, these watermelon salad recipes offer new ways to enjoy a warm-weather classic.

Why Watermelon?

Not only is it a delicious, hydrating fruit, watermelon is a good source of antioxidant vitamins C and A (as carotenoids), some B vitamins, and minerals like potassium and magnesium, all of which help your body function at its best. Watermelon also contains the same powerhouse phytochemical as tomatoes -lycopene, best known for supporting lung, heart, prostate and breast health – the redder the watermelon, the better!

Simple Watermelon Salad Recipe

watermelon salad with Vervana rosemary flavored olive oil and Vervana natural salt blend
Simple Watermelon Salad with Rosemary Olive Oil

A super-quick and easy recipe that instantly elevates plain watermelon to a fragrant and savory salad…We love this sweet & salty combo with Rosemary Olive Oil, which adds a piney essence.

Ingredients:

Cube watermelon into bite-sized pieces, then drizzle with Rosemary or Basil Flavored Olive Oil. Add a touch of natural salt, and Pepper Blend if you like. It’s that easy!

Watermelon and Feta Salad Recipe

Vervana barrel aged fig balsamic vinegar with watermelon feta salad
Watermelon Salad with Feta and Fig Balsamic Reduction

Ingredients:

Like the salad above, you could dress this Watermelon and Feta Salad with just an herbed olive oil. We enjoyed it with a fig balsamic reduction. You could also drizzle it with balsamic vinaigrette (get recipes here).

If dressing with a balsamic reduction, prepare that first (see recipe below).

Slice the watermelon into large squares and put one on each plate. Top with an equally sized slab of feta cheese, and drizzle with olive oil, balsamic reduction or balsamic vinaigrette. Add freshly ground pepper if you like. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve.

Alternately, you could cube the watermelon and top with crumbled feta or goat cheese. Feta will add more saltiness to the dish, while goat cheese is tangier and creamier. You may want to add pepper, as well as freshly ground salt if using goat cheese.

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction Recipe

2 cups Organic Balsamic Vinegar or Fig Balsamic Vinegar

Place balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vinegar reduces to about 1/2 cup and thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. (Note that it will continue to thicken as it cools) Cool completely, then use as desired.

Watermelon Dinner Salad Recipe

Watermelon feta salad with Vervana savory natural salt blend and whole peppercorn and juniper berry blend
Watermelon Dinner Salad Recipe with Basil Flavored Olive Oil and Organic Balsamic Reduction

Ingredients:

If you are using a balsamic glaze, prepare the balsamic reduction (recipe above)

Slice a medium-sized watermelon into bite-sized cubes. Place about 1 cup of micro- or baby greens on each plate and top with about 1 to 1.5 cups of cubed watermelon. Add to each salad a sprinkle of feta or goat cheese, some onion or shallot (if using), and drizzle with one or more of the following:

  • Basil or Rosemary Flavored Olive Oil
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Herbed balsamic vinaigrette (recipes here)

Finish with a few grinds of Salt Blend and Pepper Blend, if you wish.  Enjoy!

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Reference: .

The World’s Healthiest Foods. Watermelon. WHFoods.com, last accessed June 24, 2019 at http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

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