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Friday, August 7, 2009

Perfect Summer Recipe: Watermelon, Lime and Feta Salad


Some days I’m just too tired to cook. This was the case last Thursday night. I came home from work with very low energy (what else is new) and I still had to make dinner, give my 11 month old a bath, clean up the dinner dishes and put my son to bed before even thinking of sitting down. UGH! These kind of days are typical for a working mama and even-though I have a hubby who is very good at splitting all of our chores, two working parents still does not equal any energy to spare.

Since it’s summer, I take a lot of help from our outdoor grill. Grilling is great because it minimizes clean-up and keeps the heat out of our house. I decided that I would throw some sausages on the grill but I wanted a light and refreshing salad to go with the meat. After a quick search in my fridge, I came up with this refreshing Watermelon, Lime and Feta Salad. Sounds like a strange mix, but the sweet/salty combo is a real winner!

This salad is perfect for a hot summer day. It takes only minutes to prepare which makes it a perfect dish to toss together right before your guests arrive at your next BBQ. Don’t have a grill, no problem serve this salad alongside some pan fried sausage.

Watermelon, Lime and Feta Salad
Serves 4-6 people

4 cups very cold watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
½ c cilantro, finely chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 tsp sea salt (kosher salt will do as well)
½ c feta cheese

Toss watermelon, cilantro, lime-juice and salt in a large bowl. Gently stir in the feta and serve immediately.

Christina Stanley-Salerno’s culinary education started like most Italians-in her Grandma’s kitchen! Her tremendous love for food lead her to her career as a recipe developer. She is also the founder of TakeBackYourTable.com, a family-friendly recipe blog that gives ideas for fun healthy, simple recipes for busy families. She started the blog last year after the birth of her son, in order to empower and encourage families to Take Back the Table, and enjoy the tremendous emotional, financial, physical benefits of eating together as a family. This doesn't have to mean a six-course meal and fine china. Heck, it could mean a sandwich on a park bench. As long as you are eating quality food together as a family, the little details don't matter.

Christina is a regular contributor of Hip Slope Mama. Her recipes can also be seen on the pages of Every Day With Rachael Ray Magazine as well as on the popular sites Kaboose.com and New Parent.com.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband James, son Griffin and their dog Ziggy Stardust.