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The day before we were to attend a party where we were tasked with bringing an unusal salad, I happened across this recipe in InStyle magazine.  It sounds odd and you may be unsure, but you really should put aside your doubts and just try it, it’s DELISH!  Enjoy…

Watermelon and Feta Salad With Serrano Chile Vinaigrette Recipe
“Sweet, salty, tangy, and hot. This salad hits all the points of your palate,” says chef Hugh Acheson, head chef of Five&Ten in Athens, Georgia. InStyle magazine claims this is the “Summer’s Best Salad” in their June 09 Issue. The season’s most refreshing dish combines tasty watermelon and feta spiked with chiles. This appetizing recipe goes well with grilled chicken, but you can also serve it as a sophisticated dessert. For a less formal presentation, you can simply cube the watermelon and feta into smaller chunks and toss. Tastes just as good but doesn’t look as elegant as the provided procedure.
1 cup olive oil
2 Tbs fresh lime juice
2 Tbs champagne vinegar
2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 whole shallot, small minced
1 whole serrano chili, stemmed and sliced into small half-rounds
1 pinch salt
1 whole watermelon, seedless (smal)l
1/3 lb feta cheese, wedge sliced 1/8 inch thick (about 12 slices)
1 bunch arugula
1 whole sliced serrano and lime (as optional garnish)
1 In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, thyme, shallot, and serrano chile. Shake well.
2 Season with salt to taste; chill in refrigerator.
3 Remove rind from watermelon and slice flesh into 3″ squares.
4 To assemble salad, layer one piece of watermelon on one piece of feta. Repeat.
5 Drizzle with vinaigrette and garnish with arugula and sliced serrano chile.
Servings: 12
Degree of Difficulty: Very easy
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (2.1 ounces).

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 201.46
Calories From Fat (91%) 183.2
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20.74g 32%
Saturated Fat 4.38g 22%
Cholesterol 11.21mg 4%
Sodium 165.76mg 7%
Potassium 42.99mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2.83g <1%
Fiber 0.19g <1%
Sugar 2.04g  
Protein 1.99g 4%
MyPoints 5.72  
Recipe Type: Cold, Dessert, Healthy, Salad, Spicy, Sweet

Drink Pairing – A light lager–like Stella Artois–is the chef’s first pick. Another option would be a Moroccan iced tea with a mint garnish


Absolutely loved it! – Shauna Henry 8/23/2009

Surprisingly cohesive and truly does hit every part of your tongue. A truly refreshing and different summer salad. – Chris Henry 8/23/2009


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