Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Weekly Recipe: Watermelon, Feta & Pepita Salad with a Sweet Lime Vinaigrette

There are a couple of fruits that remind me so much of summer, watermelon being one of them and peaches being the other.  I think it's because you can't get 'good' watermelons or peaches any other time of year except in the summer months.  There's nothing better than a sweet, juicy watermelon (or peach), dripping liquid summer down your chin.  

Watermelon is so good on it's own that it's often forgotten when it comes to cooking.  You can tell chefs and home cooks are getting bored of the norm because unconventional recipes are popping up all over the place for otherwise forgotten food items.  Watermelon is not forgotten but most people think of it in terms of a big ol' unadorned slice.  

This recipe caught my eye because I'm often looking for new inspiration to jazz up an otherwise routine dinner salad.  I love adding greens to the meal with a salad but I also get bored of the same old cranberries-nuts-feta routine.  This recipe did not disappoint.  I encourage you to try this recipe before the delicious summer watermelons slip away.

Watermelon, Feta & Pepita Salad with a Sweet Lime Vinaigrette

adapted from Cheeky Kitchen 

1 box fresh organic spinach
2 cups watermelon, cubed
1/4 cup feta cheese
3 T. roasted & salted pepitas
Juice of 2 limes
2 T. honey or sugar
1 shallot, very finely diced
5 T. light olive oil


In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, watermelon, feta cheese, and pepitas. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sugar, shallot, and olive oil. Top the salad with the vinaigrette just before serving.

This week I'm linking up to This Chick Cooks,  Lady Behind the Curtain and Remodelholic.


  1. girlfriend! this looks delicious but i'm allergic to watermelon (all melons). Can strawberries be substituted?

  2. Okay, there's my next salad recipe!

  3. Oh it looks so good!!!
    Thanks for your visit :) My brother lives in Lexington too .
    Enjoy your week.

  4. Ok...I want this salad! I'm thinking the sweet melon and salty/creamy feta is a GREAT combo. Might have to make this for Labor Day!!

  5. Great minds think alike! Love your version of the watermelon-feta salad, especially the pepitas...