Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Watermelon Salad

This watermelon salad was inspired by our awesome next door neighbors. They came over for a Mexican-style cookout a couple of weeks ago, and brought a watermelon salad that was so good, I had to try to recreate it. This is a definite winner and go-to side for any summer cookout.  Our neighbors used feta cheese in their salad, but I used queso fresco in this one because that was what we had. Either cheese works really well.  I also used fresh mint and parsley from our garden. The mint, in particular, was really great in this salad.

Watermelon Salad


Half of one large watermelon, cubed and seeded
1 small red onion, sliced thin and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup fresh mint and parsley, chopped
4 oz queso fresco, crumbled
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar


1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and gently mix until evenly combined

What are the nutrition benefits of this salad? Watermelon is a very good source of vitamin C and a good source of pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, potassium, vitamin A, vitamins B1 and B6, and magnesium. Onions are rich in quercetin, a type of antioxidant, as well as vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, K, folate, thiamin, and minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese.  Fresh herbs are packed with lots of phytochemicals/antioxidants.

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