Watermelon Feta Salad

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Last week we had lunch out and I ordered this watermelon feta salad.  It was so refreshing and delicious I immediately came home and tried to duplicate the recipe.  Since then, we’ve served it up several times as a snack or salad course and our family and friends have enjoyed it!  Give it a whirl!

Watermelon Feta Salad

When I think of summer fruit the first one that comes to mind is watermelon!  This juicy fruit is 93% water making it an excellent choice during the warm summer months when our skin is more prone to dryness.  Besides requiring more hydration during the summer months, skin that’s unprotected from the sun is at increased risk for sunburn and overall redness.   Watermelon is loaded with vitamin C, glutathione, and lycopene, potent antioxidants that can help counter the effects of free radicals found in our environment that can damage and age your skin.  The lycopene content of watermelon is about 40% higher than that of tomatoes (see my salmon, tomato salad recipe here).  Some research suggests that a diet rich in lycopene may reduce the redness caused by UV exposure.  Keep in mind that while lycopene may offer protection on the inside, you still need a good sunscreen.  If you’d like to learn more about what sunscreen is best for you, check out my article here!

Watermelon Feta Salad

serves 4

Gather

  • 2 small seedless watermelons
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 cup of feta cheese
  • mint for garnish

Directions

Slice both watermelons in half and scoop out most of the watermelon. Place the watermelon in a medium size bowl.  In a small saucepan, add balsamic vinegar and honey.  Simmer until reduced to about a quarter of a cup.   Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  Pour cooled reduction over the watermelon and toss gently.  Add the watermelon back into the cut pieces and add 1/4 cup of feta to each half.  Garnish with mint and serve.

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