Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad with a Watermelon Vinaigrette

I can’t believe we have already reached the end of summer here in the northeast! I look forward to summer all year round and when I feel it winding down I seriously fall into a funk. I always miss the sunshine, miss the warmth, and really miss the summer inspired foods. This year I am going to hold onto to summer for as long as I can. For starters I am still going to cook like it is still summer and nothing says summer like watermelon salad drizzled with a watermelon vinaigrette.

Watermelon Vinaigrette
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Yield: Makes about 1 1/4 cups


1 cup fresh watermelon juice (see notes)
1 TBSP minced red onion
1 tsp minced jalapeño pepper
1 TBSP raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
Black pepper to taste


1) In a medium mixing bowl combine the watermelon juice, onion, jalapeño pepper, vinegar, honey, and salt. Stir well.
2) Mix in the olive oil, cilantro, and season with black pepper.
3) Chill 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
4) To make the salad, add fresh greens to your favorite salad bowl. Add pieces of watermelon cut in cubes and feta cheese. Drizzle with chilled Watermelon Vinaigrette.

Notes: To achieve 1 cup of watermelon juice I needed 2 cups of fresh watermelon. I don’t own a juicer so instead I used a blender. Once the watermelon was lightly blended I used a strainer to remove chunks of watermelon and seed.

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