Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Salad


In the states we are celebrating Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July, this Thursday. I wanted to make something patriotic, yet healthy. When I saw this Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad on Foodie Crush, it reminded me of a watermelon salad that I’ve made several times from Stacey’s Snacks.



I used some of the parts of both recipes and substituted raspberry vinegar for the red wine vinegar based on a comment from a reader on Stacey’s post. I also added a couple of pinches of sea salt to the dressing, because salt is a flavor enhancer even to fruit.

This salad could be served all summer long and the sweet/salty combination is a real winner. You won’t be disappointed by its looks or flavor.



Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Salad
Adapted from Stacey’s Snacks and Foodie Crush – serves 5-6

One 4 pound seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into squares
1 quart of fresh blueberries
Handful of fresh mint leaves, cut into a chiffonade
½ cup crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:
3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 2 limes
Pinch of chili powder
Pinch or two of fine sea salt or kosher salt

Place the cut up watermelon and blueberries into a big bowl and set aside. Place the ingredients for the dressing in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well to combine. Drizzle the dressing over the melon and blueberries, tasting as you go. You may have extra dressing. Add the mint leaves and feta cheese and carefully stir just to combine. Best served right away, chilled. Either serve right away or refrigerate, covered, for no longer than an hour.


Have a great 4th of July.

This will be shared with Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farms, Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday at Simple Recipes, and Seasonal Sunday at the Tablescaper.




32 comments:

  1. How pretty is that?
    I have seen tricolor pinwheel cookies.. a trifle.. a cake..some cupcakes..but not this!
    July 4th is doubly special for us..Our love of the USA..but first and foremost now it is Noah's bday..he'll be 5..
    I have to check that blog out Sam.. second time today I saw the reference..Stacey..:)

    Sent you an email to a gmail acct.hope you get it..
    Enjoy the festivities..
    PS we have matching bowls:)

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  2. Your fruit salad looks beautiful Sam! I love the addition of the lime zest and juice. Wishing you a wonderful 4th of July-have fun:@)

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  3. It's going to be raining here :( This salad would go far to cheer me up!

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  4. This is an absolutely delightful. A beautiful 4th of July salad and a great summer salad too.

    Velva

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  5. So pretty and original! A wonderful idea.

    Happy 4th of July!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. Happy Independence Day, Sam! I love your festive July 4th salad! The Founding Fathers would be proud!

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  7. Happy July 4th Sam. It looks like the celebrations have already begun!!

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  8. Looks delicious Sam and when I read the title my first thought was where the blue and white watermelons came from. I like everything in the salad and we just started harvesting blueberries this week, as have the Mockingbirds.

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  9. How original! We will be having a wet one from the look of things so no grilling this year. Have a good one!

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  10. What a delicious combination of flavors. You are the master salad maker, Sam. Have a very happy holiday.

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  11. Sam, this is so simple, yet so beautiful and delicious!
    Have a great holiday!

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  12. That salad is so colorful that I don't know if I eat it or salute it :)

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  13. Sounds WONDERFUL ......... and so pretty! Have a wonderful holiday!

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  14. love this vibrant color and taste happy 4th hugs

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  15. The salad looks amazing Sam. We had a wet 4th but it was good to be back in the US. Still suffering from jet lag.

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  16. I love Chris's comment. :) Looks delicious, fresh and patriotic Sam. Happy 4th to you and Meakin.

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  17. I love watermelon and feta salad and the blueberries sound like a great addition!

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  18. Such a pretty presentation, Sam! And yummy, healthy fruits too. Hope you're having a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  19. What a wonderful idea and I'll be pinning this to my new Red, White and Blue board! As you said, a great salad to serve all summer.

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  20. It is very pretty. I'm finding the combination of watermelon and feta to be very interesting though. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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  21. The watermelon is so sweet this year from all of this rain and like you, I love the combo of sweet and savory in a good watermelon salad! I'm saving this recipe Sam!

    xo
    Roz

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  22. What a festive salad, Sam. I can't think of anything more appropriate to accompany a meal on the 4th of July. I hope you had a great holiday. Blessings...Mary

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  23. Hi Sam,
    Hope you and yours have had a great 4th of July weekend. This salad looks so pretty and just delicious. I have just enough melon and blueberries to put this together, can't wait to taste it.

    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  24. Sam - I can always count on you to have to most beautiful and colorful dishes! I think this is a stunning and very fun salad to serve up on the 4th, or anytime during the summer. I hope you and Meakin had a wonderful holiday weekend full of fun and friends.

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  25. Beautiful salad, I love the vibrant colors and yes, mint and feta cheese sounds delicious.
    Have a lovely week ahead Sam :D

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  26. Love your healthy tribute to the country... thanks so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

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  27. This looks so pretty, as well as delicious, Sam. I love the salty/sweet combination and the colors. The raspberry vinegar must be the perfect touch.

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  28. Oh those perfect flavours together.
    It looks really yummy

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  29. oh boy! Wonderful! Wish I would have seen this post before the 4th because it would have definitely been on our menu

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  30. What a gorgeous red, white and blue salad! Perfect for any of the patriotic holidays...though I could eat it all summer :)

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  31. just a little note to let you know I've featured this on Foodie Friday

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