The Perfect 4th of July Side: Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

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I think I have said this on the blog before, but summer is my absolute favorite season for cooking. Fresh, light ingredients and pounds and pounds of fruit make me just love it. This salad is a perfect combination of fresh and fruity, and is a great accompaniment to a July 4th BBQ. The mint and melon are refreshing, the farro is nutty, and feta and olive oil finish it perfectly.

This is also a really great meal for those of us looking to watch our waist-lines on a holiday that dishes out a hefty dose of greasy meats and sides. I love watermelon salads, and always order them on the seasonal menus from my favorite restaurants. Usually with cucumber and feta, they are always delicious. However, with the farro added this can become a completely filling meal, totally suitable for a quick dinner.

Farro is my new grain obsession. I know quinoa is trendy right now, and it is delicious; but farro has even more protein than quinoa, and its rice-like texture is so good in salads or served warm with tofu and veggies! I sort of made this recipe up based off of a dish I had at a restaurant, so I encourage you to mess around with the ingredients.

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You will need:

  • Watermelon- (duh) I bought a quarter of a watermelon and probably ate half of it while I was cooking (oops). I would say cut it up and use as much as you can manage not to eat.
  • Farro- 1 cup (dry) should cook more than enough for 4 servings
  • Mint
  • Feta (the more the better, as is true of all cheese)
  • Spring Mix
  • Baguette- Try not to eat this either

To Prepare:
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  1. Cut up (or if you are lazy buy it pre-cut) all the watermelon into bite-size chunks. Cut the mint and leave it sprinkled on the watermelon while you make everything else.
  2. Prepare the farro as instructed on the back of the package (usually this takes like 15 min).
  3. Put some lettuce into individual bowls. I don’t like to serve this in one big bowl because it is not really the kind of salad that you toss.
  4. Top with a heaping spoonful of farro (chilled for a bit after cooking so that it doesn’t wilt the lettuce).
  5. Add a ton of feta.
  6. Put some watermelon and mint on top of that.
  7. Dress with olive oil and balsamic.
  8. Serve with some crusty baguette.

Seriously that was like the easiest thing to ever make in the history of ever. Also it is really really good and looks impressive because it has fancy ingredients! Happy 4th of July beauties!

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