Some days you just want something incredibly simple for dinner. Last night my husband suggested hotdogs and me in my sleep-deprived state jumped all over it. We stopped at the grocery store and I thought, “maybe I should make a fruit salad to go with the meal, just something easy.” That’s when I saw the watermelon. Granted, it’s not really watermelon season just yet, but this watermelon looked perfectly ripe and Ina Garten‘s watermelon feta salad is the perfect compliment to a casual dinner or picnic lunch.
1/4 cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed Lemon Juice (2 Lemons)
1/4 cup minced Shallots (1 large)
1 tablespoon Honey
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
3 cups (4 ounces) Baby Arugula, washed and spun dry
1/8th Seedless Watermelon, rind removed, and cut in 1-inch cubes
12 ounces good Feta Cheese, 1/2 inch diced
1 cup (4 ounces) whole fresh Mint Leaves, julienned
Whisk together the orange juice, lemon juice, shallots, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion. If not using within an hour, store the vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator.
Place the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat the greens lightly and toss well. Taste for seasonings and serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks:
I did not plan very well for this meal and thus I did not have a shallot at home. I substituted 1 minced garlic clove and 2 tablespoons of minced white onion.
If you want to simplify it even further you can certainly buy the crumbled feta you can find in the deli section of the grocery store.
You could substitute watercress for the arugula if you prefer.