Refreshing Summer Salad

A favorite hot-weather treat, watermelon is the star of this refreshing dish
Fresh, simple, summer salad

As we sadly come to the close of restaurant week, I'm sure all of us could use with a few lighter refreshments to balance out the heavy, rich, delicious overload of 3-course meals we've basked in over the past several days.

While I thought this concoction was the result of my own culinary chic, it turns out that Ina Garten of the Food Network had already made it. Sigh. Well, maybe I get some points for trying and/or creativity:

Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula Salad with Honey Dressing
1/8 of a fresh watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 cups of baby arugula (about one box from the grocery store)
12 oz feta cheese, crumbled (I have also substituted fresh goat cheese for a milder flavor)

For the dressing:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsps honey
Salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and honey. Slowly add the olive oil and whisk until dressing comes together. In a large bowl combine the watermelon, feta, and arugula. Drizzle the dressing over the top and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Sidenote: In the Ina Garten recipe, fresh julienned mint is added to the salad. Although I have never personally added it, I am sure the fresh "zing" of the mint plays well off the other flavors in the salad. Get creative — try adding chopped toasted pecans for a crunch or candied oranges for a chewy accent. 

Do you have a favorite summer salad? 

Categories: Dine & Dish, Food + Drink