memory of a perfect summer day, and a recipe too

Beach dayDo you have a favourite memory of a perfect summer day?

Summer means cottages, camping, beaches, pools, campfires, and roasted marshmallows, but somehow a seemingly ‘normal’ day (is there such a thing?) created the strongest and happiest memory, and in this case a recipe.

This is a memory of a perfect summer day, and a favourite recipe that came out of it too.

 

Having my kids home for a visit in the summer is a high point for me, and having them all at home at once is a reason to celebrate.

I remember a special time a few years ago when all three of my kids were home for a visit, it was a bright and sunny weekend, and I was inspired to try a refreshing new recipe to celebrate.

Watermelon summer fun

 

The recipe began with a watermelon, and my favourite treat is squeezing lime juice on watermelon and eating it with a fork, and it evolved from there…

 

I’m sharing this with you today, I hope you have fun with it and this is the beginning of a bright and sunny memory for you too. ;))

Please share your summer memories, and recipes below I would love to see them!

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Enjoy this salad as a main dish, or as a salad with grilled or cold chicken on the side.
Course: Main Course, Salad
Servings: 6
Author: Nancy Crites

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe watermelon to provide 4 cups, chopped
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 cup Feta cheese goat or cow
  • 3-4 tbsp juice from fresh limes
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch flat parsley washed, stems removed
  • 1 bunch fresh mint washed and stems removed

Instructions

  • Wash and squeeze the limes, you need about 3 tablespoons of juice.
  • Remove the peel and thinly slice the red onion, cut slices in half or quarters.
  • In a small bowl, add the sliced onion to the lime juice and marinate.
  • Slice watermelon into 1-inch thick pieces, cut into triangles and remove rind and pits, chop into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Wash and cut the cucumber into 4 pieces lengthwise and chop these into bite-sized pieces.
  • Chop or break Feta into bite-size pieces
  • Tear or chop parsley and mint leaves into nice sized pieces, not too small.
  • Combine the above ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pour the onions and lime juice marinade over the salad and toss.
  • Add a pinch of salt and a generous grinding of pepper.
  • Taste, and adjust salad ingredients to suit your taste, or add more lime, salt, and pepper if needed.
  • Enjoy this beautiful salad with people you love, or as a treat for yourself.

Notes

Before preparing the salad, chill all ingredients.  This salad can be served immediately. or refrigerated before serving.  It transports well to a picnic on an icepack.
I usually cook without a recipe and salads are the perfect place to experiment. Feel free to add more protein to this salad if it will be served as a meal, and make any changes you wish, it's yours to enjoy.

Please share a favourite salad recipe or a summer memory below.  I love hearing from you!

Summer rain in Spain

 

Nancy Crites

Nancy Crites

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