Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ingredient 25 - Watermelon

Writing this blog has provided me with the motivation to cook with ingredients I have been meaning to try.  This last week I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and sought out an ingredient I had intentionally never tried.  Yes, I am embarrassed to admit that until this week, I had never eaten watermelon.  When it comes to fruit, I am a picky eater.  I absolutely hate bananas.  Even the smell bothers me.

However, I am happy to announce my experience with watermelon was pretty good.  I enjoyed the flavor.  Watermelon may not be my new favorite fruit, but I would eat it again.  In addition to eating it plain, I made a lovely watermelon, arugula, and feta salad that was refreshing and simple.

Arugula, Watermelon, and Feta Salad    
Adapted from Ina Garten
Serves 4 to 6
1 5oz package arugula
2-3 cups cubed watermelon
1 8oz package feta crumbles
1 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice – 2 lemons if squeezing fresh juice
1/3 nice olive oil
1 tbp sugar
Salt and pepper

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Begin by preparing the dressing.  If you choose to juice fresh lemons, use a strainer to keep seeds and pulp out of the mixture.  Whisk the juices, sugar, and oil together in a small bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper.  Next, wash and roughly chop the mint leaves.

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Prepare your watermelon.  If processing a whole watermelon, cut off the ends and remove the rind in strips.  YouTube has some great instructional videos.  I watched a few to familiarize myself.

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Once you have cubed the watermelon, prepare an assembly line for easy preparation.  Each salad is comprised of 1 cup of arugula, 3/4 of a cup of watermelon, 2-3 tablespoons of feta cheese, and 2 tablespoons of chopped mint.  Drizzle the dressing on top of the plated salad and enjoy.

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I really enjoyed this salad, it was refreshing and flavorful.  The sweetness of the watermelon was balanced by the peppery arugula, and the saltiness of the feta. 


  1. How do you not like bananas?!?!?!!? Bananas??? That's simply bananas!!!!

  2. it kind of makes me angry that it's so hard to find watermelon nowadays that isn't seedless. seeds are part of the experience of the watermelon!

  3. Perfect timing, I was just staring at the half a watermelon we have from a BBQ last night. And Julia, Germany has not discovered seedless watermelon yet. :)

  4. I'm just pleased that Katie has discovered watermelons!