Wet your appetite with this light, refreshing, and nutrient-dense salad.
WATERMELON SALAD SERVES 4
FOR THE VINAIGRETTE
3 tbsp champagne vinegar
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves, from about 3–4 sprigs
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup grapeseed oil
FOR THE SALAD
1 head arugula, soaked to remove all grit, stiff spines of leaves removed, dried in a salad spinner, torn into bite-size pieces 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 small seedless watermelon, such as Crimson Sweet (or your choice, as long as the seeds are removed) cut into 1-inch cubes or made into 1-inch spheres with a melon baller 3 oz feta cheese, cubed
1. Prepare vinaigrette just before use. Through the feed opening of a running blender, add one at a time: champagne vinegar, lemon juice, chopped mint, salt, and pepper.Leaving the blender running, add the oil in a slow stream. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
2. Toss together arugula and onion. Fold in watermelon. Gently stir in enough of the vinaigrette to coat. Top with feta cheese. Serve with any extra dressing on the side.
|NUTRITION PER SERVING|
WATERMELON Sweet, refreshing, and very healthy
1. Get Red-y The pigment that gives watermelon its colour, lycopene, is linked to reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and eye disorders.
2. The L Word Watermelon is an excellent source of the amino acid L-citrulline, which helps reduce muscle fatigue and soreness.
3. Natural Viagra A Texas A&M study found that citrulline may treat erectile dysfunction thanks to the relaxing of blood vessels.
4. What Sugar? Despite how sweet it is, one cup of diced watermelon has only 9 grams of sugar; one apple has 19 grams.
5. Always Available Found in produce sections year-round, look for watermelons grown in Brazil and Mexico in November.
CHEW ON THIS Watermelons are 92% water, but contain ample amounts of vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and amino acids.