Watermelon salad

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In the summer, I eat a watermelon every week.  This started when I was a young married and my ex brought home watermelons every Friday.  He had a knack for choosing the sweetest melon on the pile, and when he found an especially fantastic one, he would call his mother.  I’m not as talented as he is, but I look for the heaviest melon, one that has a yellow patch on one side, and "sugar marks," which are jagged little brown marks on the shell. 

Mostly, I just eat the melon, because it’s so cooling (and diuretic, for those who find hands and feet swelling in the humid summer).   This is a fast, simple salad I made for lunch this week–all cooling foods and a slightly different mix of lunch ingredients:

Spinach Watermelon Salad

1 c watermelon, cut in small triangles or cubes
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
1/4 c crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (I used shaved, because it’s prettier, but grated is fine)
1-2 T. olive oil
1 T lemon juice or vinegar
1/4 tsp chile powder

Lay the spinach leaves as a bed, and arrange the watermelon on top.  Sprinkle with cheeses.  Blend oil, lemon juice and chile powder and shake well.  Pour over the salad.

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5 thoughts on “Watermelon salad

  1. Sounds yummy. I will give it a try.

  2. I had a glitch with my program and it closed before I could finish. I thought it was in draft, and there it is–in all its glory! :)

  3. That sounds delish. I’m printing this out, thanks.

    Another good thing about watermelon: it’s high in the antioxidant glutathione, so you can feel good about eating it on many levels. :)

  4. Ah, that’s great to know, Therese!

  5. HB

    I had a salad very similiar to this at a fancy pants Greek restaurant yesterday! We had fresh basil, olive oil, watermelon, feta and PINE NUTS (which were a great addition). Looks fantastic!

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