It’s hot outside. Like pierce-you-to-your-very-bones hot. The heat is intense, and it seems like it takes forever to cool down…even once you’re safe inside. Plus, I’m super tired of walking into work at 8:00am looking like I just ran a half-marathon. But just when I think summers in Texas are the worst…I smell watermelon. Freshly cut watermelon has amazing redemptive powers. One smell and “summer” is no longer a dirty word. Summer becomes this glistening season, filled with long sunny days and incredibly sweet delicious foods. So wonderfully cool and refreshing, I forget how much I hate this crazy 100-degree weather.
In honor of all that is refreshing about summer:
Watermelon Basil Salad
6 cups cubed watermelon
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh basil (approx. 3 large leaves)
½ cup crumbled feta
¼ cup lime-fleshly squeezed
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
- Combine watermelon, feta cheese, and basil in a large bowl.
- Add lime juice and olive oil over the watermelon mixture and toss gently to coat.
- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.