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This watermelon feta salad is a sweet, salty, and refreshing dish for your summer cookouts. It’s a healthy summer recipe that’s sure to satisfy.
With Memorial Day weekend in the books, July 4th quickly approaching and the official start of summer next week, healthy grilling is a hot topic (pun intended). So, today I’m excited to share not just one but six healthy recipes for your summer cookouts! My watermelon feta salad is a good starter, side, or refreshing end to dining al fresco.
Elizabeth from The Clean Eating Couple reached out last month to gather a few bloggers to have a healthy summer cookout – virtually. I jumped at the chance to join in the fun. Be sure to scroll to down or click here to see what’s on the table.6 Easy, Healthy Summer Cookout Recipes from sides and mains to dessert! #July4th #HealthyEatingClick To Tweet
I love getting together with friends and family for a cookout. I’m usually the one on vegetable and sides duty – because honestly – nobody wants me to cook the meat. It’s just not my forte. Or make the sweet tea. I’ve been known to leave the “sweet” too much to the imagination. That’s the dietitian in me I guess and the fact that I don’t like things too sweet. Anyway, you can call me side dish Sally.
I used watermelon for this recipe because I’d just gotten a huge one that was divinely sweet but too much to eat. I love my watermelon cold and plain BUT this sweet, salty, tangy combo is insane-ly good. The watermelon is hydrating and refreshing while the feta brings in just enough bite to make it feel like you are having a real dish versus a snack. You can also take the easy way out and make watermelon, feta, basil bites like these ones I shared on instagram a couple weeks ago.
But this salad will be ready in no time!
This watermelon feta salad is a sweet, salty, and refreshing dish for your summer cookouts. It's a healthy summer recipe that's sure to satisfy.
- 6 cups watermelon, cubed
- ½ cup good quality feta, cubed or crumbled
- 2 cups arugula
- 2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar*
Arrange the arugula in a large bowl, top with the watermelon and feta. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Serve. Too easy!
* Aged balsamic vinegar has a thick, almost syrupy consistency. The rich, slightly sweet flavor works well in this recipe. If you cannot find it, you can use a balsamic glaze (found near the vinegars in the supermarket) or you can make a balsamic reduction at home by boiling good quality balsamic vinegar.
A few posts back, I shared my simple swaps for a healthy cookout. All of the recipes from this crew will help you put those tips into action all summer long. Here’s the full spread from our virtual cookout table.
Lime Corn Salad by Little Chef, Big Appetite
Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken by Madison at Joyfully Mad
Honey Thyme Balsamic Grilled Chicken by The Clean Eating Couple
No-Bake Berry Tarts from Just JessieB
Paleo Key Lime Pie Bites from Lean Clean Brie
So whatcha makin’?