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August 17, 2017

Top 3 Watermelon Salads

Nothing quite beats the heavy swelter of Nashville heat like an ice cold slab or slice of watermelon. Sweet, crisp, and endlessly hydrating, summertime is never spent without the benefits of this cucurbit. We Southerners enjoy and embrace the watermelon's grand glory so much that we've developed a number of watermelon salad recipes. Herbs like basil and cilantro, acids such as lime and balsamic, cheeses and even nuts all when mingled with watermelon can produce a host of side dishes appropriate for outdoor barbecues and dinner parties allike. Here are our Top 3 Watermelon Salads to pair with meats, take to a cookout, or scoop into a bowl and enjoy all by itself. 

Orange Watermelon, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Salad

We like to make a vinaigrette out of extra-virgin olive oil, white balsamic, a few tablespoons of honey, and a 1/2 teaspoon of grated fresh garlic, then toss with sweet orange meat watermelon from Kindred Farms, a nest of peppery arugula, and a crumble of Noble Springs goat cheese. (Add some mint to your salad, too, if you like. We like.)


Watermelon Basil Salad

This riff off a classic tomato salad swaps one favorite Southern fruit for another. Toss thinly sliced red onion with tangy Noble Springs feta in a classic red wine vinaigrette with lots of black pepper, a fistful of fresh basil, and plenty of cold cubes of watermelon. 


Watermelon Poblano Salad

Our most festive watermelon salad begins with a sweet and tangy vinaigrette of freshly squeezed lime juice, extra-virgin olive oil, honey, lots of chopped mint leaves, and a de-seeded minced jalapeno pepper. Then we toss it with sweet watermelon cubes, spicy and sweet chopped poblano peppers, goat cheese feta, and toasted slivered almonds. Add cilantro, too, for another layer of herby flavor.