A refreshing and light summer salad composed of melons, watermelon, feta cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
Don’t you just love the summer time with all the bbqs and summer parties going on? It seems like people are in a more celebratory mood than ever. This flavourful and colourful summer salad is a great dish to bring along to all those get-togethers. It is easy to make and tastes incredibly good. It makes a lovely side dish for a bbq or a buffet style party. Or you could bring this with to your next picnic.
Speaking of bbq, we have finally ordered our grill, wohooo! I am probably the most excited vegetarian ever right now. Recently when I spoke with people and mentioned our grill, I noticed a bit of a stigma and I could tell that they were thinking ‘What are you going to do with a grill if you don’t eat any meat’. Let me tell you, there are a ton of recipes I have planned once that baby is here. From grilled veggie skewers, grilled camembert and grilled bread to dessert recipes like grilled peaches, watermelon and mango. There is a ton of things you can grill as a vegetarian! One of the main reasons we decided to get a grill, however, is because of our love for pizza. Homemade pizza is a regular in our house (our typical Friday night dinner) and we decided to step up our pizza game big time.
We have been making homemade spelt pizza in the oven for years now and even though the dough recipe is good, it’s lacking that extra oomph that you get from a pizza oven. The main problem is the difference in temperature. Pizza needs incredibly high temperatures to get that lovely crispy crust while still remaining somewhat fluffy on the inside. A standard oven just doesn’t get hot enough. So we decided to get a quality grill that does! I will definitely keep you posted on our pizza endeavour and maybe even post a recipe. 🙂
But less pizza talk and more salad talk. If you love a combination of sweet and salty flavours you are going to love this salad. The spicy arugula (homegrown from our garden by the way!) alongside the sweet melons, watermelon and feta makes an incredibly flavourful and balanced dish. To top it off, we are adding fresh blueberries and basil. Lastly, a drizzle of good old extra virgin olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper is all this salad needs to knock your socks off.
To keep things simple, we are cutting the melons into slices which saves time and makes a nice presentation. The only thing you need to chop up is the watermelon. The feta cheese is simply crumbled over the melons. If you want to make a vinaigrette you can certainly do so, but this salad honestly doesn’t need it. The olive oil and black pepper suffice to bring all the flavours in the salad together.
If you give this summer salad a try let me know in the comment section down below! Also be sure to tag your creations with #homebakedbliss on Instagram so I can see them!Print
A sweet and savory summer salad that’s light and refreshing.
- 1/2 honeydew melon
- 1/2 cantaloupe melon
- 1/8 watermelon
- a handful of arugula
- 100g feta cheese or vegan feta cheese* (3.5oz)
- 80g blueberries (1/2 cup)
- a handful of fresh basil
- olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- Cut the honeydew and cantaloupe melon into slices and chop the watermelon into bite sized cubes.
- Place the arugula on a plate and add the melon slices. Crumble the feta cheese over the melon slices and add the watermelon cubes, blueberries and basil.
- Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper.
- Serve immediately.
*Such as from Violife