Got Watermelon? Try This Awesome and Simple Recipe

July 8, 2010   18 Comments

This is the season of watermelon. Supermarkets position these lovely creatures right at the front door so they hop into your cart! Really!

Watermelon Feta Salad

Then, you get them home and have to figure out what to DO with all of it. The first thing I do is cut some up and put it in some plastic containers. This way, it is ready for munching and grabbing for a snack on the go.

A watermelon lover, Mary Ann, e-mailed me a question about watermelon. From Mary Ann:

Is watermelon a fatty food? I am trying to lose weight and so I am watching what I eat. Now that it is summertime I am eating a lot of watermelon. I often replace dinner with watermelon. I absolutely LOVE it. Will it hinder my diet though?

Wow, a dinner of watermelon! That is love right there. I doubt it would hinder a diet, but I would wonder if you would get hungry later after eating it.

Watermelon has almost NO fat, but it has sugar. A 1 cup serving of watermelon has 9 grams of sugar, but, it also has 18% of your daily value of vitamin A and 21% of your daily value of vitamin C.

I have already written on Watermelon and it is ONLY 40 calories for 1 cup of watermelon. Try that with cookies!

But, if you add feta cheese you are adding some protein and fat to your watermelon. Which is a good thing if you are eating it for dinner! This way you can stay away from the inevitable Ben & Jerry's that screams to you in summer.

This is ridiculously simple to make. If I was packing it to take to work, I would leave the feta separated from the watermelon until you are ready to eat. The watermelon gets soggy when the feta is added so it is better to mix and eat!

The saltiness of the feta complements the sweetness of the watermelon. Dill is a great addition here - I didn't add it to mine because my husband hates dill (what is wrong with him?). Hey, we all make compromises.

Try it and tell me how it goes!

Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

(serves 2)
2 cups watermelon diced
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon chopped dill (optional)

Mix feta, watermelon, and dill in a small bowl. Eat immediately or else the watermelon become soggy.

For one serving: 95 calories, 4.2 g fat, 12.2 g carbohydrates, 3.6 g protein, 0.6 g fiber, 211 mg sodium, 1 Points+

What do you do with watermelon?

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Here's one: Blend fresh squeezed OJ, Watermelon, blueberries and mint together. OMG, it's amazing!

I add feta, basil, a little lime juice, and tiny bit of freshly ground black pepper to watermelon. I like it as a cool, refreshing snack after a workout.

Try watermelon, feta, fresh lime, pitted kalamata olives, lots of fresh mint. Delish!

I occasionally eat watermelon for dinner too! I don't get hungry later, I think because all the liquid keeps my stomach full? Regardless, I also eat it for breakfast a lot too. Looooove me some watermelon...

Kalamata olives are LOADED with salt. but i like the idea of the lime and feta. ima have to try that! watermelon is my new fave snack. it does have sugar BUT its natural sugar. its an unprocessed, yummy slice of snack heaven.

I read somewhere once that in any salad that uses raw tomatoes, you can sub watermelon for it. I have found that to be so thus far.

I just had oral surgery and needed to be on a liquid diet for a few days, but I also had a fresh watermelon in my refrigerator. What to do? I made a smoothie: 1-8 ounce container Faye 0% Greek Yogurt, 2 cups watermelon, and for extra color and taste one nectarine. Purée everything in a blender a yum!

Looking to get rid of that extra watermelon? I blended it with a hand blender (or you could use a blender or food processor) and poured it into the popsicle molds...

Wonderful. Personally I would use low-fat cottage cheese. Love cottage cheese on salads, tomato, or pineapple, or peaches. Any fruit really.

But this is about watermelon.


Supposedly PREGNANT WOMEN AREN'T SUPPOSED TO HAVE WATERMELON. (currently pregnant with my 1st)

Just wanted to share.

Keep up the happy snack ideas!

In response to the above comment, it is totally fine for pregnant women to eat watermelon. Actually, it's really good for you! For an example of info on this, go here:…

Watermelon can cause water retention. You would want to avoid this during pregnancy or with any medical condition that causes swelling.

Everything I have ever seen or heard says that watermelon is actually a mild natural diuretic. Where did you hear that it causes water retention?

I actually found this recipe on yahoo and blogged about it the other day:

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Cut watermelon into half-inch squares. Rub with olive oil and grill until lightly caramelized. Toss with arugula, goat cheese, more olive oil, and balsamic vinegar

Check out my blog for some other cool low-cal ideas:

I must eat this immediately.

I make the Feta Watermelon salad and use fresh mint instead of dill. Delicious!

We chunk up equal amounts of watermelon, halved grape tomatoes, add a little red onion and lots of fresh mint. Makes a great summer salad.

I cut up watermelon then add feta cheese and lime juice

really lite and refreshing

I have had this as a side dish in a restaurant (instead of fries) and it is a delicious combo... Thanks for the reminder that I should make it at home!

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