Party Food

Watermelon Salad with Homemade Dressing

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With a shift in the weather comes a shift in what we want to eat — —at least that’s how it works for me. You too? Oh, I still like the idea of birthday cake no matter what season, but I definitely start craving salads and lighter fare as the days get longer.

Recipe for Watermelon Cucumber Goat Cheese Salad


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I first tasted a version of this salad at a sweet little cafe last summer. Mike took me out for a date night. We had intended to eat and go to an early movie, but there were musicians at the café… and outside tables with flowers. It seemed like being on vacation. You know — when the dailies are suspended and you feel really alive in the moment? It’s just too easy to rush through our everyday have-to lists, fall into bed and get up to the same routine in the morning without celebrating those who are most important to us. 
 
That evening we were so charmed by the atmosphere and each other’s company that we just stayed. And stayed. It was one of those times that felt a little like when we were first dating — only better! We had a lot to talk about and it was certainly worth missing the movie!

easy summer salad with watermlon

Since that evening, that little café and this salad have become personal favorites. The salad is almost as good for you as a spring tonic! It’’s quick and easy — —my favorite way to produce food. This recipe is enough for two.

watermelon cucumber basil tomato goat cheese salad

To make this watermelon salad:

  • cube 3 slices of seedless watermelon
  • seed and cube two medium tomatoes
  • peel and cube ½ cucumber

homemade lemon salad dressing

Stir everything; top with a few torn leaves of basil and a sprinkle of goat cheese and add the salad dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon rind (I prefer to use organic lemons for this and it’s easy to quickly use a zester to produce.)

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.