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Monday, June 15, 2009

EatingWell Wednesday: Sweet & Tangy Watermelon Salad

This Monday on Twitter, people were all abuzz about salads and it got me to craving one. In fact, I wanted one so bad I made my baby lettuce salad but was still wanting more so thought it would be a great item for Eating Well Wednesday. Upon searching, I found their Sweet & Tangy Watermelon Salad. First of all, the salad has cilantro in it so I am sold. Secondly, you can make it in about 8 minutes and it has watermelon in it. How often do people use watermelon in their salads? I tried to appeal to the children by using my melon baller to make circular cuts however; they were more like half moons since I have not used this tool in years. In addition, I never even found out if the kids would eat some as I took it to tennis lessons and I gave some to the adults.

The comments received were mostly along the lines of so 'light and refreshing' and 'how exciting to see watermelon in a salad' and 'I have never used rice vinegar'. One male who enjoys cooking said it needs just a dash of salt. I think that salt would be supplied by the peanuts that the recipe suggests but I omitted them since I knew we would be with some peanut allergy families. I think the peanuts would also be great if you were using this salad for a lunch as you would want the calories and fat so that you would not need a snack an hour later. I think sunflower seeds would be another great option.

In addition, the only other change I made was I only used 1 teaspoon of sugar instead of the 2.5 in the recipe and I personally do not think it needs more. Some more ideas that were 'tweeted' in regards to a watermelon salad: vidalia onions and a bit of balsamic vinegar; arugula, feta cheese and adding sage to the salad. Be sure to follow the link above for the recipe.

6 comments:

Mary said...

That looks like a lovely salad.

5 Star Foodie said...

I love this watermelon salad too!

girlichef said...

It's so pretty...I bet the kids would love it. I'm not much of a watermelon fan, but I'd try it at least once...love cilantro, so...

Chow and Chatter said...

nice salad love your idea of healthy wednesdays

Robyn said...

yum! i love "different" fruit salads. would you classify this as a fruit salad in the traditional sense? it seems like you talk about it as more similar to a dinner (savory, i guess?) salad.

Rachel said...

This sounds SOOOO good! I love watermelon and we've been eating about 2-3 a week now that they are available here in Texas.

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