Watermelon salad is the light summer side you’ve been looking for. With feta cheese, blueberries, cucumber, and a lime vinaigrette, the flavors are out of this world.
Summer is here, y’all! When the heat starts rising (and here is Georgia, man does it rise) something deep inside me craves fresh fruit. Peaches, blackberries, and my personal favorite… watermelon! Nothing says summer like a juicy watermelon salad and if you agree then you’re going to love this.
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Watermelon salad is nothing new… you toss a tangy cheese like feta or goat cheese on there and drizzle it with a little dressing and boom! Watermelon salad. But this is something different altogether. Cucumber has a naturally cool flavor that makes it a perfect addition to this side dish.
I also added blueberries to give it extra tanginess and color. Not to mention… red, white and blue? How perfect is this watermelon salad for a Memorial Day/July 4th side dish?
What really sets this watermelon salad apart is that dressing! It is so simple its almost embarrassing. I call it a lime “vinaigrette,” but really there’s no vinegar in it… Nothing but lime juice, olive oil, lime zest, and salt and pepper. With an ingredient list that simple it doesn’t seem like it would be key to this dish, but trust me on this… do not skip it!
Toss the fruit together, sprinkle it with crumbled feta cheese, and drizzle the lime vinaigrette over it all. Top your watermelon salad with lime zest, and you have a healthy summer side dish fit for any barbecue. Try it as a side for our Grilled Chuck Roast and rake in the compliments.
While the watermelons are fresh and wonderful you’ll also want to try our Watermelon Mojitos. They are summer’s perfect cocktail!
See y’all next time,
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Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese, Blueberries, Cucumbers, and Lime Vinaigrette
- In a small bowl, combine lime juice, half the lime zest, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Toss watermelon, blueberries, and cucumber together in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese over fruit.
- Drizzle with dressing and top with remaining lime zest.