One of the great things about summer is the abundance of ripe watermelons! Sweet and deliciously refreshing, they make a perfect summer salad. You can easily adapt this very simple recipe to add toppings and herbs of your choice. We especially like feta cheese and almonds, but basil and shaved Parmesan work well too!
For the dressing:
- 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
For the salad:
- 1 (5-pound) watermelon, cut into bite-sized chunks
- 6 cups fresh spinach or arugula
- 2 cucumbers peeled, seeded and cubed
- 2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
- ⅔ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- ½ cup slivered almonds
In a small bowl, combine the vinegars, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time and adjust seasoning. In a large bowl, combine the melon, arugula/spinach, cucumber and cilantro. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed.
To serve, divide salad among individual plates and if desired, garnish with slivered almonds and feta cheese.