Welcome to our blog, Journey to the Garden, and the start of our new adventure! Since summer is slowly slipping into cool lazy nights that spark the advent of autumn, we decided to share a dish that will keep us under summer’s spell. Hot temperatures still heat the daytime and what could be better than a cool salad to make one feel invigorated again? This salad adds lettuce for a fresh complement, and some feta for protein. Is your mouth watering yet? Go ahead, try it!
A natural diuretic, watermelon aids in weight loss and cleanses tissues and the blood. Full of beneficial nutrients, it contains magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, folate, and vitamin E, along with many valuable phytochemicals. And if that’s not enough, a Florida State University study claims that watermelon aids in controlling high blood pressure and promotes vascular health. One more reason to indulge!
Watermelon Feta Salad
A refreshing summer salad for those hot summer days!
- 1 head of leaf lettuce
- ⅓ cup parsley, chopped finely
- ½ of a small watermelon, cut into 1 inch pieces (about 3-4 cups)
- ¼ of an English cucumber, cut into thin rounds and halved
- 150-200 grams Feta cheese, or goat cheese for a milder flavour
- ¼ cup mint, chopped
- zest of 1 lime
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ⅛ cup lemon juice
- ⅛ cup lime juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- ¼ tsp salt
Prepare dressing by combining all ingredients and shaking well (if honey is hard, you might want to melt it a little over low heat before adding).
Wash lettuce and tear into bit-size pieces; put in salad bowl. Add parsley.
Pour ½ of the dressing over leaves and toss well. Sprinkle half of watermelon, cucumber and feta over leaves and toss a little making sure they are mixed but don't all sink to the bottom.
Sprinkling remaining watermelon on top and then the cucumber. Pour the remaining dressing over salad, distributing well but not tossing. Crumble the rest of the feta over top of the salad.
Sprinkle the mint over the top and finish by sprinkling on the lime zest. Serve and enjoy the freshness of summer in a bowl!
Food for Thought: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou are more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” ~ William Shakespeare