This sweet and peppery fruit salad makes an amazingly refreshing and light side dish to an outdoor BBQ or picnic. Make it a one-pot meal by adding some shredded chicken breast or steak strips! The black pepper, salt, and red chili flakes balance out the sweetness of the fruit to create a wonderful, savory party in your mouth! In every bite you take, there is a different highlighted element, whether it is the freshness of the mint, the tanginess of the feta, or the sweetness of the fruit against the peppery dressing!
Yields: 6-8 Servings
‘Lettuce’ – you can use baby spinach, arugula (my favorite because of the ‘pepper’ inherent to arugula!), or any variety of lettuce as your base
1 medium white onion (or red), finely sliced
2 cups (1-inch cubes) seedless watermelon
2 cups strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
1/4-1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup of fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
Optional garnish: for added crunch, add sliced almonds!
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes (you can cut this down if you don’t want it too spicy!)
Kosher salt to taste
black pepper, to taste
In a large bowl, arrange the first 7 ingredients (feel free to make it pretty with all the great colors!). Food always tastes better when the presentation is beautiful!
Whisk together lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper. Taste the dressing to make sure seasoning is per your taste (if you cut down the red pepper flakes and feel like it can be hotter, add more at this point!). Drizzle over salad in bowl, toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.