It’s August, it’s 95 degrees outside with an air quality warning in my neck of the woods – you get the idea, it’s summer and it’s hot. What does that call for? Watermelon!
I love making watermelon salad and lucky for you, I’m going to share my delicious and nutritious recipe!
But before I get to the delicious bit, let me talk about the nutritious part.
This recipe calls for so many foods that are awesome for you (watermelon, feta, basil, olive oil, lime juice and beetroot juice) – first off watermelon helps manage high blood pressure and improves heart health. Plus it relieves pain and muscle soreness and because it’s mostly made up of water, watermelon detoxifies the body.
Feta is arguably healthier to eat than many other cheeses because it is significantly lower in fat. This crumbly cheese has a decent amount of protein and provides a substantial amount of some B vitamins and calcium.
Basil helps reduce inflammation and swelling, has anti-aging properties, and is rich in antioxidants.
Olive oil (Extra Virgin) is one of the healthiest types of fat around. The monounsaturated fat in olive oil has been shown to control LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol. This can potentially lower your risk of heart disease. Additionally, the antioxidants contained in olive oil can benefit more than your heart. Because this substance prevents cell destruction, it fights the signs of aging and gives you a more youthful appearance.
Lime juice contains antioxidants that slow down the process of buildup of plaque on artery walls. Similar to other citrus fruits, lime juice offers a plethora of vitamins and minerals, including potassium.
Beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates. Nitrates are compounds which improve blood flow throughout the body – including the brain, heart, and muscles. These natural nitrates increase a molecule in the blood vessels called nitric oxide, which helps open up the vessels and allows more oxygen flow as well as lowers blood pressure.
Bottom line, there is not one ingredient in this salad that is not amazing for your body. Now that you have the facts, let’s get to the food.
Enjoy this simple recipe.
1 small seedless watermelon (or 1/4 of a large one)
Handful of fresh basil leaves (sliced into thin slivers)
1/4 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Feta
2 tablespoons e.v. olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1tablespoon fresh Beetroot juice
1/8 teaspoon himalayan salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cut the watermelon in half. Slice bite-size pieces of the watermelon and add to a large bowl or platter (you should get about 8 cups).
Scatter thinly sliced basil leaves over the top.
Crumble the Feta over the salad.
Mix oil and lime juice and sprinkle with the salt and pepper (about 6 turns on pepper mill).
Drizzle dressing over salad.