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For the past 2 or 3 summers, all I’ve heard about is how divine the watermelon and feta combination is.  And yet every rave has swept passed my radar.  It essentially wasn’t until this year that my love for feta has fully consumed me so when I stumbled across Alice’s post yesterday, I dropped what I was doing and did a mental check of the contents in my fridge – being at work all day isn’t easy when it comes to important things like this, you know.  Thankfully, a trip across the scorching grocery store parking lot on a 95 degree day wouldn’t be in my cards as all of the ingredients for this watermelon feta mixed greens salad were safely tucked away at home.  Really though, the ingredients are so basic that I’d bet in the middle of the summer you’ve probably got most, if not all, of them in your fridge too.

If you haven’t tried watermelon with feta yet and love the two foods independently like I do, get.on.it.  A quick citrus squeeze of a lemon over the top of this salad will bring the bold flavors of the red onion and salty feta together with the sweet juicy watermelon in a way you could not imagine.  It’s a truly incredible combination of flavors.  Now, while I haven’t salted my watermelon yet, I can understand why Shawnda has been raving about salted watermelon recently – the feta and watermelon together are simple and perfect, especially with a burst of citrus mixed in.  I served the salad for dinner alongside grilled chicken breast but I know this salad would make a great light lunch (as I intend to have today) or a brilliant side salad to throw together for a summer bbq.

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Watermelon Feta Mixed Greens Salad
source: adapted from Savory Sweet Life

3 cups mixed greens
2 cups watermelon, cubed
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled or cubed
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced into half-moons
1/2 lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Rinse and dry mixed greens.  In a medium serving or salad bowl, layer the mixed greens, watermelon, feta, and red onion.  Squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle salt and pepper (if using) over the top of the salad before serving.  Serves 2.

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