Watermelon, Arugula and Feta Salad

Since it’s been too hot to do anything, let alone cook – I decided to make do with what’s in the frig. I open the door and find arugula left over from the Arugula, Corn and Tomato Salad I made earlier in the week. (By the way, it made Foodbuzz’s Top Nine so if you haven’t checked it out – do so!)

Back to the frig – there’s arugula, watermelon (Hubby always buys too much!) and a pack of feta cheese.  I have heard the combination of watermelon and feta is good but never tried it – it’s time for a new taste experience! I found this recipe from Ina Garten on the Food Network.

I picked fresh mint from the garden and served this beautiful, colorful salad last night. The flavors exhilarate each other and it’s just a fun salad to serve along side with a grilled entree. It would be perfect with a spicy or blacken grilled protein.

A couple of tidbits – make sure you dress it lightly, the watermelon is juicy enough and you don’t want too much liquid in the salad. And – dress it right before serving!

Other than that – Enjoy!

What I was making a year ago - TOMATO TARTS!

Watermelon, Arugula and Feta Salad
A Kitchen Muse: 
Recipe type: Summer Salad
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
A light and delicious Summer Salad – perfect will a spicy grilled entree!
Ingredients
  • 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
  • 6 cups baby arugula, washed and spun dry
  • ⅛th 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
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper.
  2. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion.
  3. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator.
  4. Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately.

 

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6 comments on “Watermelon, Arugula and Feta Salad

  1. DB-The Foodie Stuntman on said:

    This made the foodbuzz Top 9 too. Congratulations! Very colorful salad.

  2. Anita at Hungry Couple on said:

    Gorgeous photos. They just make me want to reach through the screen and grab a juicy piece of watermelon.

  3. Laureen at Fox in the Kitchen on said:

    Made this salad for dinner last night…loved it!!

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