My Summertime Staple

Fourth of July is two days away and if you’re anything like me, you’re supposed to be bringing a side dish that you haven’t given two seconds of thought. As in like this blog post just reminded you! <— That would be me. If that’s you too, consider this blog post specifically for you! I’m sharing a fruit salad I’ve made multiple times now, and it has easily become a summertime staple for me. It’s great for parties, but its also good to have a bowl sitting in the fridge at home at all times! It has less than 5 ingredients, and it’s the perfect patriotic pop of color for any holiday party you’re heading to this week!

I’m not going to lie, this recipe is just a watermelon feta salad with a few tweaks! While I can’t take any credit for the watermelon and feta trend, although I wish I could, this is just a spiced up version, which means it’s uber simple to make!

Watermelon Blueberry Salad

  • The meat of 1 whole large seedless watermelon, cut into 1 inch chunks (look for the watermelon with the biggest light colored spot – those are always the best inside, I promise it works every time!)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta (I used the Athens “Mediterranean” version because I think it adds the most flavor – but use plain feta if that’s more your style!)
  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
  • salt
  1. Chop your watermelon into one inch chunks and place them in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine the lemon juice and olive oil and whisk together.
  3. Pour the olive oil mixture over the watermelon, and toss until the watermelon is coated.
  4. Add the chopped mint and blueberries to the watermelon mixture and mix until evenly combined.
  5. Add salt to taste (Note that the feta will add saltiness so don’t add too much!)
  6. Transfer to your serving dish and crumble the feta on top.
  7. Add a few whole mint leaves for garnish, and drizzle with olive oil.

I like to add balsamic to give this salad even more flavor, but not everyone likes it, and the brown makes it a little less than appealing when it’s sitting on a serving table, so just bring it along and let people add as little or as much as they like!

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And voila! That’s it. 7 simple ingredients (I told y’all, anything with more than 7 ingredients is a no for me), yet such amazingly fresh flavor! This salad is so perfect for this time of year when blueberries and watermelons are at the height of their season. I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt I will be making this all summer long! If you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to add other fruits or veggies! I think chopped asparagus or cantaloupe would both be amazing additions and an even brighter pop of color!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend! Thanks for reading – let me know if any of you try this recipe!

XO, A

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