Watermelon Feta Salad with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette
Fall may be officially here but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a bit of nice weather left. It also doesn’t mean the fresh product stands and grocery stores have completely run out of watermelons. Grab one of those last remaining watermelons and use it to make this really simple Watermelon Feta Salad with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette recipe. The saltiness of feta cheese is a perfect complement for the natural sweetness of watermelon. When paired with the peppery taste of fresh arugula and the tangy goodness of a homemade lime-cilantro vinaigrette, you’ve got an incredible tasting salad that you’ll wish you could serve year round. Here’s instructions on how to make it.
- small glass mixing bowl
- large glass bowl
- meausuring cups
- measuring spoons
- 1 small round seedless watermelon, cut in half with flesh removed
- 3 oz feta cheese, cut into evenly sized pieces
- 3 cups fresh arugula, cleaned and dried
Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette Ingredients
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 3 tbsp fresh cilantro, washed, dried and chopped into small pieces
- 3 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
Note: if you are serving more than 2 people, substitute other serving bowls or use additional small, round watermelons.
Note: If possible, make the lime-cilantro vinaigrette in advance to give the flavors a chance to meld.
To make the lime-cilantro vinaigrette place all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a small glass bowl and whisk to combine thoroughly. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
Cut a small watermelon in half, then remove and reserve flesh in a glass bowl. Pat the inside of each empty watermelon rind with a paper towel to dry. Set aside to use as serving bowls for the finished salad.
Add feta and washed arugula to glass bowl along with the watermelon. Top with vinaigrette and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
To serve, add watermelon feta mixture to reserved watermelon rinds and garnish with sprigs of fresh cilantro.