Watermelon & Feta Salad, SRC June

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Hi friends!

I can’t wait to share today’s recipe with you- it’s delicious, healthy, and full of juicy summer flavor.  I just love a watermelon salad!

The recipe today comes from another talented blogger, “The Tasty Gardener“, my pairing for this month’s Secret Recipe Club.  The Secret Recipe Club is a really cool group I joined a little while back.  Every month, we are assigned a new blogger.  We get to pick ANY recipe that blogger has written about and cook it up ourselves.  We can make adjustments according to our tastes too.  All of the bloggers post their results on the same day and we all get to see who had who and more importantly, what delicious dishes were made!

Watermelon & Feta Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups Spring Mix Lettuce

1 cup Watermelon, chopped into small chunks

1/4 cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese, chopped or crumbled

2 slices Sweet Onion, chopped

1/4 Red Bell Pepper, chopped

Mint Leaves

Cilantro Leaves

Olives, Sunflower Seeds, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt & Pepper

Directions:

Place lettuce in a bowl or tupperware container.  Add chopped ingredients and top with mint and cilantro.  Add with other salad toppings such as sunflower seeds and olives and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add 1-2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar and ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from:  The Tasty Gardener

The original recipe was more like a side salad, but I wanted to turn that recipe into a lunch appropriate salad with fresh lettuce and more veggies.  The flavors are just fantastic and the juicy watermelon is such a nice addition to my lunchtime salad.  It gives not only a sweetness but a crunchy texture bursting with flavor.  I loved it!

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Now take a moment to check out these other fab recipes from this month’s SRC Reveal:

Blackberry-Watermelon Milkshake

So, I bought a giant watermelon last week from Wegmans, against my better judgement.  I LOVE watermelon but no one else in my family will eat it.  Sure enough, I cut up half of it (only 1/2 because I ran out of Tupperware!), ate it all, and now was left with a whole other half of a watermelon.

Not having any immediate use for it, I decided it was a smart idea to cut it up and freeze it.  SO… I guess I wasn’t thinking because I froze it all in a huge gallon freezer-bag… and it all stuck together!  DUH.

After hacking at the watermelon brick for a few minutes with the end of a knife, I separated some of the pieces and made this milkshake/smoothie for myself after the gym on Wednesday.  I really enjoy smoothies while I am cooking dinner, since I’m always so hungry when I get home.  I know it’s healthy and I know I’ll still have an appetite when I’m done.  The other good thing about it is that there is an end to it… as opposed to snacking on a big bag of pretzels or chips or even crackers… I just keep going!

BlackberryWatermelon Milkshake

Recipe by:  It’s Good to be the Cook
Serves 1
Ingredients:
1 Cup Watermelon, frozen, chopped
1 Banana, frozen, chopped
Handful Blackberries, fresh or frozen
2 Tablespoons Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Skim Milk (or more depending on your thickness preference)
1 Tablespoon Ground Flax 
Directions:
1.  Combine everything in a blender and ICE CRUSH!  – or any other speed… I just like that one!
2.  Add more milk if it needs to be thinned out.  I started with a Tablespoon and had to add more.  Also, I had to stop and stir it up a few times before the blender got goin’. 

This recipe was yummy but the watermelon flavor wasn’t as strong as I was hoping.  I think this is because the actual watermelon wasn’t as sweet as they normally are.  I’d really like to try to add frozen watermelon next time to see if that would help!