Summer Salad

by Sep 1, 2022North Brunswick, Recipes

The most refreshing fruits and vegetables come together for this colorful and flavorful salad that’s perfect for lunch or a light side dish.

I know we’ve all had cucumber and tomato salad, and I bet you have even had a melon fruit salad, but have you ever had a salad that combined versions of the two with a delicious dressing to bring it all together? That is precisely what this recipe does.

My family and I were invited to a covered dish barbecue held at a friend’s house last summer. It was to be held outside on a very warm and humid evening. I wanted to make something refreshing so I combined my favorite summer flavors including watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber and onions into one summer salad and intertwined bits of tangy feta cheese.

I prepared this simple recipe to serve alongside the provided pork barbecue and the beans, potato salad, pasta salad, chips that the others brought. Basically, it was all very heavy and warm dishes, and we were already pouring sweat. The dinner guests must have liked my salad because I made enough for an army and it was all gone at the end.

This salad is not only cooling, but also good for you. Watermelon is sweet and juicy, making it the perfect treat to quench your thirst during the summer heat. It also provides antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Cantaloupe provides fiber, vitamin C and potassium, which can help lower high blood pressure. Cucumbers are best picked ripe in the peak of summer and offer beta carotene, which can help fight free radicals in the body. Purple onions are pretty and add a pop of color, but they also contain anthocyanin, which help improve heart health.

Together these fruits and vegetables offer a beautiful salad that will be appreciated on any summer day. I hope your family and friends enjoy it as much as mine did.

Photography by James Stefiuk

Watermelon Salad Recipe

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Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Onion Salad with Feta
The most refreshing fruits and vegetables come together for this colorful and flavorful salad that’s perfect for lunch or a light side dish.
Watermelon Salad Recipe
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Watermelon Salad Recipe
Instructions
  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  2. Combine the watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, purple onion, dressing and mint. Toss gently to mix.
  3. Plate by spooning the salad into four separate bowls.
  4. Top with feta cheese and extra mint to garnish.
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