Melon, Blueberry & Feta Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette ♥

Melon, Blueberry & Feta Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette, another easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, just melon balls and bluberries in a gorgeous dressing. Summer Classic. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Scales from Small Plates to Large Platters. Naturally Gluten Free.
A simple but special summer salad, watermelon balls and blueberries tossed in a gorgeous lime and honey vinaigrette. So summery!

Fresh & Seasonal. A Summer Classic. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Scales from Small Plates to Large Platters. Vegetarian. Naturally Gluten Free.


Two in a Row, Really?

What, a watermelon salad yesterday and now today another watermelon salad? on a food blog for vegetable recipes? Well ...

First of all, there are bite-size tomatoes tucked between the melon balls and blueberries. But more than that, watermelons are big, right? We need help using them up, we need watermelon recipes!

Plus when my dear friend Linda saw yesterday's recipe for watermelon, cucumber & feta salad, she sent along this one from her friend Linda, and I've got to say, it's a winner too. Thank you, Linda-s! (St. Louisans, you may know Linda #1, she's Linda Behrends, my food stylist/consultant friend. I later wrote about her with Deviled Eggs with Tomato-Herb Relish.)

Still, my taste isn't keen on the combination of tomatoes and watermelon. So from now on, I'm leaving out the tomatoes and recommend that you do too. But I do l-o-v-e the addition of blueberries and would definitely substitute cantaloupe or honeydew for the tomatoes. (And I did! See Melon Ball & Blueberry Salad at Kitchen Parade, my food column.)

Plus, the dressing is just gorgeous, tart with lime and sweet with honey, a keeper in its own right.

This watermelon salad is soo summery, perfect for a light supper during a string of 100+ hot days. And it's definitely a "fruit salad" where yesterday's was a "vegetable salad", even though both include watermelon.

KITCHEN TIPS This salad is a perfect example of why I keep four – yes four! – colanders close at hand. They're smallish (nine inches across, five deep), stack, go in the dishwasher top and bottom, cheap ($1 a piece from the grocery store many years ago but think the Dollar Store, too) and EVER so useful. Nearly every meal, I use a couple, but am surprised, myself, how often four are in action at once. Twice I've bought sets for foodie friends and definitely recommend thinking about having more than one for your own kitchen.

ST LOUIS NOTES The feta came from Goatsbeard Farm and was completely delicious. Goatsbeard can be found (says their brochure) at The Smokehouse, Wine & Cheese Place, Whole Foods and for me, at the wonderful mid-week farmers market in Maplewood just outside the Schlaffly Microbrewery. It's a festive time on Wednesday afternoons, 4 - 7, worth checking out! Because the feta was warm from the trip home, I learned how good feta is when it's at room temperature - worth making happen on purpose.



MELON, BLUEBERRY & FETA SALAD

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Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 20 minutes
Serves 4

SALAD GREENS
Salad greens for four (arugula or a soft leafy lettuce, even baby spinach)

VINAIGRETTE (plenty of dressing for four, fruit and greens)
1/3 cup lime juice (about 3 limes)
2 - 3 tablespoons honey (warm in the microwave 10 seconds at a time to make easier to pour)
Tabasco to taste (don't skip this, it makes the dressing!)
Salt & pepper to taste
Good olive oil (I used 2 tablespoons, the inspiring recipe calls for 4)

FRUIT
Watermelon balls (about 2 cups but use your own judgment, of course)
Cantaloupe or honeydew balls (about 2 cups)
Blueberries (about a cup)
Cherry or grape tomatoes (not recommended but if you do use them, halve or quarter to match texture with the watermelon)

FINISH
2 ounces feta, crumbled, preferably at room temperature

SALAD GREENS Wash the greens let drain while continuing.

VINAIGRETTE In a bowl large enough to hold the whole salad, whisk the lime juice, honey, tabasco, salt & pepper. Now – if you want to limit the oil – taste the dressing, then add oil a tablespoon at a time, tasting after each addition, until it tastes good to you. I like my dressing on the sharp side but not everyone does. This one's so full of flavor, for example, that it was easy to go light on the oil. That said, there's definitely something special about the "glisten" and "glow" of really good olive oil on the fruit and on the greens. Set aside half the Vinaigrette for the Salad Greens.

FRUIT Prep the melon balls and tomatoes, dropping them into the remaining Vinaigrette to soak. Gently toss the Fruit with about half the dressing.

FINISH Dress the Salad Greens with the remaining Vinaigrette and arrange the Greens on a serving plate or individual plates. Top the Greens with the Fruit, then with the crumbled feta. Serve immediately!



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MORE FAVORITE MELON RECIPES

~ Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad ~
~ Watermelon & Celery Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette ~
~ Arugula with Peaches, Concord Grapes and Feta ~
~ more vegetable recipes with fruit ~
from A Veggie Venture

~ Melon Ball & Blueberry Salad ~
~ Cantaloupe-Tomato Gazpacho ~
~ Cold & Creamy Cantaloupe Soup ~
~ One Quick Tip: The Magic of Watermelon Wedges ~
~ more melon recipes ~
from Kitchen Parade, my food column

SEASONAL EATING During the Height of Summer's Fresh Produce

Tomato & Zucchini Salad (< so many favorites this week, there's no picking just one!) Quick Broccoli Soup with Chive Oil For Instance Technique V (raw veggies with Italian dressing) Broccoli, Pepper & Celery Salad Corn Cayenne Tomato Ginger Jam (< another favorite!) Quick Microwave Sweet Corn Summer Tomatoes for Winter Greek Greens (Flash Cook to Eat Later) (< and another!) Mom’s Potato Salad (< and another!) “Lost Recipes” Classic Coleslaw with Boiled Dressing Dear Anonymous: THIS Is Why We Blog Ripe-Tomato Relish with Peaches & Pears (Sharon's Pickle) (< and still another!) Watermelon, Cucumber & Feta Salad Melon, Blueberry & Feta Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette Caponata – Sicilian Eggplant (< and yet another!) Raw Corn Chowder (< and one more!) Julia Child's Cucumber Salad Israeli Couscous Salad with Yellow Squash & Sun-Dried Tomatoes Summer's Best Corn Chowder (< no missing this one!) Garden Eggs "Benedict" Spiral Zucchini Noodle Salad with Homemade Catalina Dressing Warm Caprese Bites Turkish Cucumber-Tomato-Olive Chopped Salad with Sumac


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Comments

  1. I can't imagine the taste of watermelon and tomato together -- perhaps I'm too much of a purist about fruit salads, though I do love the addition of a nice sharp cheese. Will have to give this a try.

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  2. More feta! Yay! I think watermelon and tomato go together well because they are similar textures with different flavors. It's very pleasing to the palate.

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  3. I love the combination of the salty feta with the sweet melon and berries. And I have some sungold cherry tomatoes that would be perfect for this--a nice dash of yellow with the blue and red.

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  4. I have tried really hard to like watermelon and tomatoes -- I've seen the combo lots of places -- but I just can't do it. Perhaps it's a texture thing? Or maybe I'm so accustomed to thinking of tomato sweetness in a savory way. That dressing sounds absolutely delicious, though -- I bet it would be good on all sorts of things.

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  5. I just love fruit in salad, especially when paired with salty cheese and sweet and tangy dressings. I'll be posting about fruity salads too and will link to this! Have a great weekend, Alanna!

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  6. Alanna:

    SO glad you asked! I was out for dinner in Vancouver BC and was so curious that I had to order this dish: halibut grilled and served over creamy risotto and topped with a watermelon salsa (more like small dice). I was a little uncertain the flavors would meld but ALAS the combo was superb! The sweet watermelon, the flaky fish and rich and creamy risotto were divine!d

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  7. Wonder if this is the way to get a little watermelon into the husband. I love it wildly he doesn't want anything to do with it. And the blueberries just seem like a natural.

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  8. Lydia ~ I'm no purist about fruit salad (which would kind of defeat the phrase in metaphorical usage, yes?) but yes, watermelon and tomato struck me as a marriage destined for court.

    Kelly ~ But see? People have different tastes and so who knows who'll like the combination!

    Lisa ~ Ah, someone else who 'paints' her food onto a plate. Nice choices!

    Jennifer ~ The dressing is GORGEOUS.

    Susan ~ The fruit and salty cheese are great, for sure. Can't wait to see your collection!

    Janelle ~ Aii, what a meal! I keep meaning to visit my cousin in the Okanagan Valley, now seeing you on the way in is another reason!

    Tanna ~ Yes, the watermelon and blueberries were really perfect together, the cheese added too.

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