Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

By Katherine

I am posting a quick shout-out today to my favorite summer salad of late: a refreshing combination of arugula, watermelon, feta cheese, and mint. If you haven't tried this combination yet, you should right away. The watermelon and mint make it taste like summer in a bowl, while the arugula lends a bit of a spicy punch, and the feta gives it always-welcome creaminess and saltiness.

I originally had this combination of flavors at one of my favorite San Diego restaurants, Urban Solace. Sadly, they no longer have the watermelon salad on the current menu, but as I recall, they also added cucumber, tomatoes, and dried currants to their version. There are lots of ways to play with these ingredients, but recently I have been following the recipe of one of my tried-and-true cooking gurus, Ina Garten.  You can find her recipe here.  The only change I made was to add 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts for a little extra texture. I also found that I had plenty of vinaigrette left over for a second salad a few days later; alternatively, you could skip making Ina's dressing and use any other vinaigrette you have on hand.  We have eaten this salad three times in the last week (in part because even the baby watermelon that I bought yields a ton of watermelon) and we're not sick of it yet - I hope it makes it into your summer rotation too!