Tangy Watermelon Salad [Perfect for Picnics + BBQ’s]

Tangy watermelon salad

Summertime gatherings are really what summer is all about. Picnics, BBQ’s, beach days. Basically, anything outdoors and involving food and loved one’s is really the ultimate summer experience. And yesterday happened to be one of my favorite gatherings that Matt and I look forward to every year. It was the LeBron family picnic.

This annual outing brings the family together (aside from major holiday’s) and celebrates all generations. It’s always fascinating to watch the little cousins get acquainted and run around while us adults (okay, not completely adults at heart- we’re all goofy kids) play volleyball, softball and my favorite, take part in creating delicious treats for the whole family to enjoy. This is when you bring out the good recipes and for me, I get to test out my new ideas on the family (cue evil laugh). I love having the opportunity to open their eyes to new recipes and flavor combinations. I blew them away a few years ago when I decided to grill some pineapple. Yes. Pineapple. And it was DELICIOUS! Of course, I made more of it this year. It’s tradition!

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This year not only did I grill pineapple and make my famous guac, I decided to bring out the big guns and wow them with a different way to enjoy watermelon. Savory, tangy, mouthwatering and absolutely hydrating, this salad was one of those that made people go “Hmmm. This is so good.” And that’s the reaction I go for. If you buy one of those big watermelons from the market and decide to cut it up, pop it in this salad. I kid you not, you will enjoy watermelon in a new and loving way.

Tangy Watermelon Salad

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Serves 4 [Feel free to increase portions if you’re preparing for the family]

Total time: 15 minutes [includes chopping of watermelon]

What You Need: 

  • 4 cups 1″ cubes of watermelon (feel free to buy prechopped)
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup basil, roughly chopped [feel free to use mint here]
  • 4 limes, zested and juiced

How You Make It: 

  1. Combine ingredients in large bowl. Let sit in the fridge until cold or until you’re ready to eat.
  2. Enjoy and impress people with your watermelon skills.
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