I’ve been wanting to use watermelon in some kind of recipe but wasn’t sure what. I love watermelon and how refreshing it is during the hot summers in Texas. Sure, it’s awesome to eat it alone, but I kept thinking that maybe it would taste great in some type of dish, maybe a salad. So I did what most of us do, I turned to Pinterest for some pin-spiration (see what I did there??). I kept seeing the watermelon paired with feta. I love feta too but never thought about them together. But cooking is all about experimentation, right?
So I decided on a salad with some of my favorite ingredients. I explained to Mr. Real Food what I was planning to make and I could tell he was very skeptical. He knows better than to say so, but after 20+ years of marriage, I know these things. But, as all good husbands do, he was a good sport and went along with it.
I feel like I need to explain something about Mr. Real Food here to explain how well this salad turned out. Even if I make a really, really good meal, the most I’ll get is a “that was really good”. If it was really good heated up for lunch the next day, I might get a text saying “lunch today was really good”. With this salad, I got multiple compliments that went beyond the standard ones. He said it was light and refreshing and hit the spot at work since it was such a hot day. Total win!
I loved the salad as soon as I tasted it and thought it was even better the next day after the flavors blended overnight in the refrigerator. And since the watermelon was so juicy, there was no need for dressing. Not only was it light, refreshing and packed with flavor, it loaded with nutrients and low in calories. I could really eat it for every meal! And since the forecast for this week includes highs of 106 degrees, I bought another watermelon to make more for the week.
Spinach Watermelon Salad
1/4 watermelon, cut into cubes
1 large cucumber, cubed
1 red onion, sliced
1 cup feta
Combine watermelon, cucumber, onion and feta in a bowl.
Top spinach with watermelon mixture and enjoy.
Keeps well for a few days covered in the refrigerator.
What is your favorite way to enjoy watermelon? Have you ever had it in a salad before?