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Last Chance: Watermelon Salad

By Lori Powell

The last dog days of summer…humid, hot and in this case, very wet with rain. I start thinking of fall but then again I decided that we should wait just a bit more and savor the last of summer produce.

I’m not sure about you but in my neck of the woods it has been hotter than…. Standing in a sauna, but fully clothed and cooking. Makes me want to consume things that are laden with juice, such as the lovely watermelon, and that doesn’t require fire to eat. So many great things can be made with any of the varieties that you might find at your local farmers’ market, from yellow to red, from large to small, from salsas to cooling drinks.

My go-to companion for a late summer BBQ is a feta watermelon salad that can be made in minutes and served immediately after you toss together the ingredients so that the watermelon is cold, refreshing and crisp. Pair this beauty with spicy ribs, grilled meats, fish and sausages and it will provide your guests with not only the combination of sweet, salty and citrus but serve as a palate cleanser as well.

For another take on watermelon salad, see Andrew’s version.

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Watermelon, Lime and Feta Salad
Serves 2 (triple for a crowd)

Half of a 4-pound mini seedless red watermelon, sliced and rind trimmed off
1/8 cup red onion slices
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 ounce feta, crumbled
2 tablespoons small cilantro sprigs
¼ teaspoon chipotle pepper flakes or red pepper flakes
Lime wedges

Layer watermelon slices with onion and sprinkle with lime juice, feta, cilantro and pepper flakes. Serve with lime wedges.

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