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This Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta is a simple, refreshing summer side dish that you can whip up in only a few minutes. Sweet watermelon is the perfect balance for the tangy feta cheese and earthy basil.
Creating Easy Summer Recipes with Seasonal Ingredients
Making summer salad recipes is easy to do with an abundance of produce in the grocery store. Eating seasonally is something I try to do whenever possible. It is healthier for us, reduces our carbon footprint, and saves a ton of money.
It isn’t always possible in the middle of winter, however, during the peak of summer, finding seasonal and local produce is incredibly easy.
On our last trip to Sprouts Farmer’s Market, my daughter grabbed a gigantic watermelon that cost only a few dollars. We were both happy about that and now I have a ton of watermelon to use up this week.
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This is not particularly difficult in my house. Just leave a ripe watermelon sliced up on the counter and it will disappear in minutes!
More Watermelon Recipes
- Easy Watermelon Mojitos with Fresh Mint
- Chocolate Dipped Watermelon Recipe to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
- Refreshing Watermelon Margaritas
Instead of letting the hoards eat it all, I wanted to try something a little fancier. This watermelon salad recipe takes only a few minutes to make. It’s a delicious and easy summer side dish for your next back yard BBQ.
Growing Fresh Basil for Salads
You can certainly buy your fresh basil at the grocery store but I seriously recommend you grow it yourself (and if you have too much leftover, use it in my blueberry basil puff pastry tart!).
Basil is incredibly easy to grow and almost no pests will bother it. Just stick it in a sunny spot and give it plenty of water and you will have an endless supply of basil for your summer salads.
I have found that it is very sensitive to cold temperatures. Therefore, if the nights will be chilly, cover it up with an old sheet or plastic garden sheeting.
A few tablespoons of fresh basil on this easy watermelon salad recipe really brings out the flavor of the watermelon! And the combination of salty feta and sweet watermelon is really delicious.
Can You Store This Watermelon Salad?
I would recommend making only the amount of this watermelon salad recipe that you think will be eaten at one time.
You can cut up extra watermelon, however, do not add the other ingredients until right before you serve it. This watermelon salad definitely taste best fresh!
Want a slightly different twist on this summer salad recipe? Serve the watermelon, feta and basil tossed into a bed a leafy greens and drizzle with a balsamic vinaigrette.
What watermelon recipes should I make with the rest of this giant watermelon?
Watermelon Salad Recipe with Basil and Feta
Do not make extra as it will get watery as it sits. Make right before serving. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 350mgCarbohydrates: 47gSugar: 39gProtein: 9g
Do not make extra as it will get watery as it sits. Make right before serving.
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.