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Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad: A Sophisticated Slice of Summer



Regina Ragone, RDN, MS Dr. Susan Mitchell, PhD, RDN, FANDThis featured post is by Regina Ragone, MS, RDN, and Susan Mitchell, PhD, RDN, FAND. You can follow Dr. Mitchell @drsusanmitchell.

 

When I think about watermelon, sophisticated eating doesn’t usually come to mind. Instead, I envision devouring a slab of this lush fruit over the sink while getting pink juice all over myself. Turns out you can add a touch of refinement to this earthy delight with a simple, but unexpected twist.                             

Leave it to a Mediterranean country like Greece to combine chunks of sweet, crunchy watermelon with dense, salty feta and fresh mint to create an explosion of summer flavors. Once you try this refreshing salad, it will become an instant classic in your répertoire.

Food Safety Tip: Washing fruit and vegetables before should be a habit. Do you wash fruits with inedible peels such as watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew melon? To help keep your family healthy, wash these fruits before you cut into them. Be sure your knife is clean, too. When you slice into an unwashed melon, any bacteria on the outside of the melon take a free ride on the knife ending up on the part you eat. Washing the melon first helps prevent this contamination. 


Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups cubed watermelon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat feta
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup hot sauce

Directions

Whisk together olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a medium-sized bowl. Gently toss with watermelon, mint and feta. Serve immediately.

 

Susan Mitchell, PhD, RDN, FAND and Regina Ragone MS, RDN share the food you love, how to stay fit for life and be fabulous everyday through professional continuing education and digital/traditional media communications. Connect with them here and on Google+ and Twitter.

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