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Recipe Corner: Watermelon & Feta Salad

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, May 01, 2013 @ 06:07 PM

feta saladIf you are craving something refreshing, look no further! I created this recipe as an ideal warm weather menu item that takes minutes to prepare- perfect for summer barbecues or an everyday meal. The sensational combination of sweet, creamy, and crunchy will satsify your taste buds any time of day. Serve this salad as a side dish or enjoy two servings with 4-ounces of grilled protein as a main entree. The balsamic glaze and oil are used in tiny amonts as an "accent" flavor to compliment the fruit and greens.                                              

- Sari Greaves, RDN Nutrition Director, sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

Makes: 4 servings, 84 calories per serving

1 5-ounce package pre-washed baby arugula

4 cups watermelon (diced or balls)

1 4-ounce container Fat-Free crumbled feta cheese (such as Alouette brand)

1 tablespoon balsamic glaze

1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil

Black pepper

1. Mix grapeseed oil with arugula and arrange over large platter.

2. Top with watermelon and sprinkle with feta.

3. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

Fun Facts about Grapeseed oil: Made from the same grapes used for wine making, grapeseed oil is extracted from the tiny inner seeds. Commonly imported from countries like France and Switzerland, this light and fresh oil is becoming more widely available in the United States. Its clean and mild flavor makes it a better choice in dishes where you don’t want the flavor of the oil to compete with the other ingredients. Grapeseed also has an extremely high smoke point, making it ideal for high cooking temps in cooking techniques like stir frying, sautéing, baking and frying. It delivers mostly heart-healthy polunsaturated fats and is a plentiful source of the antioxidant, vitamin E. Bottom line: Grapeseed oil gives everyday dishes new complexity and verve!

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