Foodie: Summer watermelon salad

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Foodie: Summer watermelon salad
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By Heather Jenkins

When you think of summertime, delicious, fresh watermelon is always on the list of ingredients for snacks, cocktails, barbecues, picnics and poolside or beachside parties. One of my favorite salad recipes from my sunny San Diego days, this delightful, fresh watermelon salad can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, lunch or any time of day.

This refreshing salad made with blueberries, watermelon, feta cheese, honey, fresh basil and kiwifruits, is the perfect combination for a relaxing summer afternoon or a funfilled day out on the water.

Consuming whole, nutritious, fresh, healthy foods is always important, especially during the summer months, to make sure your body is getting the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Also, it’s important for maintaining overall balance with your gut and hormones. This salad is gut friendly, and the combination of flavors will have you feeling refreshed and satisfied afterward.

The food we put into our bodies on a daily basis is a conscious choice. Why not feed it with foods that make you feel alive, on point and relaxed instead of groggy, bloated or unbalanced? Food is nourishment that keeps the body, mind and gut healthy – it’s all connected. Eat local fresh foods that are in season by shopping your local farmer’s market, which we, fortunately, have in abundance here in Alexandria. Try something new, get creative and see what fun and unique dishes you can come up with.

Making simple salads with fresh fruits and vegetables during the hot summer months is an easy way to feel energized and more in tune with your body, and this salad is a perfect place to begin. I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this recipe as much as I have. Food is love.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups watermelon
  • 2 kiwifruits
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

Directions

  1. Cut watermelon into cubes, slice kiwifruits and add to large bowl.
  2. Add blueberries, feta and basil.
  3. Pour in the honey, sprinkle the pink Himalaya sea salt and mix all ingredients together. Enjoy!

The writer is a National Board-certified health and wellness coach at Calming Connection & Wellness.

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