Abby’s Watermelon Salad…and a Stella & Dot Giveaway!

To enter to win the $75 Stella & Dot gift card, simply leave a quick comment under the recipe below. Entries will close on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 6:00pm EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply with a mailing address so that Abby can send the prize.  Good luck!

Though we only attended the same school for one year and weren’t even in the same grade, my friend Abby and I have a unique history and never fail to relive old memories whenever our paths cross.

Our mothers volunteered together when we were very young, and I have decades-old memories of family picnics at their pool and fun times in Abby’s basement while recovering from the chicken pox. Years later, we attended the same summer camp in New England, and after stints in a variety of places from Florida to Maine, ended up settling our respective families just a few blocks from one another.

During one of those camp summers, Abby signed up for an extended wilderness trip that involved hiking the Appalachian Trail for seven grueling weeks. There were no showers or warm shelters, just tents, countless mosquitoes, and impressive blisters from day after day of hard hiking. Abby and her fellow hikers carried everything on their backs, occasionally restocking their food supplies along the way.

I remember a letter detailing 120 mosquito bites on one hiker’s neck and days on end of hiking and sleeping through drenching rain. There wasn’t a dry item left in any of their packs. This is one of those adventures that we still talk about thirty-some years later, mostly because I still find her adventure—she was 15 years old at the time—incredibly impressive.

Maybe it was Abby’s early experience cooking over a campfire, because she happens to be rather adept in the kitchen. As we were enjoying one of her favorite salad recipes recently, I asked her what food she most missed during that extended summer in the wild. Ice cream was her immediate reply. (I’m sure that would be mine, too!) She also commented how amazing fresh fruit tasted after being deprived of local produce for nearly two months.

Abby’s go-to salad is perfect on a warm summer night when watermelon is at its sweetest. It’s easy to throw together and pairs well with grilled chicken or steak. When served to company, the salty-sweet flavor profile makes this salad an unexpected but consistent crowd-pleaser.

As we kick off the unofficial start of summer this weekend, Abby offered a fun giveaway to my blog readers, and I wanted to mention it here as well. Abby is a stylist for Stella & Dot, a San Francisco-based company that sells boutique-style jewelry and accessories, and is giving away a $75 gift card to a lucky winner. To enter, simply leave a brief comment under this recipe post on my blog between now and June 5, 2016. There are also photos below as well as a link to the products you can select if you win, from colorful beach bags to signature charm necklaces and more.  Good luck!

Abby’s Watermelon Salad
As an easy option, I’ve topped a similar version of this salad with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze and tossed in some slivered almonds for crunch. For a red, white and blue theme, sprinkle a handful of fresh blueberries on top.

Yield: 4-6 servings
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  2. 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice plus the zest of one lime
  3. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. Salt and pepper
  5. 1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced (Abby sometimes uses 3 or so sliced scallions instead)
  6. 4 cups seeded watermelon chunks
  7. 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  8. 1/4 cup slivered fresh mint (may substitute fresh basil or use a mix)
  9. 2 cups baby arugula
Instructions
  1. Add the vinegar, lime juice, and zest to a small bowl. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the thinly sliced red onion and let marinate for 5 to 10 minutes as you prepare the rest of the salad.
  2. Add the watermelon, feta, mint, and arugula to a large bowl. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve immediately after dressing. (Due to the high water content in the fruit, the salad will become soggy if it sits too long.)
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Abby’s Watermelon Salad

A little sweet, a little salty…  this quick-to-assemble salad is perfect on a summer night with something off the grill.  

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  1. Heather Hollands

    I’ve always liked watermelon; however, for the past six months or so, I am craving it every day…and I’m not even pregnant! I never thought of adding it to my salads, but I am going to try this recipe for Memorial Weekend. Thanks!

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  2. Deborah W.

    I love this recipe. I never thought of eating watermelon on a salad but with the vinegar it sounds delicious! There are some really cute things at Stella and Dot. Would love to win the gift card and ‘go wild,’ ha! 🙂

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  3. Heather

    That’s a great story! I think it’s the amazing challenges that we tackle in life that leave us with some of our most powerful memories, most satisfying feelings of accomplishment, and most important growth moments. Bravo Abby for her strength and determination–and for her watermelon salad! Thanks you, Ann, for such a nice read today.

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  4. Mary W

    Watermelons in the south this season are so good. I just bought a seedless watermelon and will definitely try this recipe. I will change the arugula to a lettuce blend just because I do not care for the taste of arugula. I would select Stella & Dot earrings with a gift card. So many pretty styles that it would be difficult to choose which ones to buy.

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  5. patricia caradonna

    The salad looks and sounds yummy. I didn’t realize it was watermelon at first. I was thinking it was chunks of tomatoes. Can’t wait to make for the family. Perfect for summer camping and BBQs.

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  6. TRUDY EBY

    I just found the salad recipe for the Memorial Day picnic I have been invited to, thanks! Shopping with a Stella and Dot gift card sounds like almost as much fun as having a day off with good friends and food 🙂

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    1. Abby Messick

      Trudy – sorry you didn’t win the gift card…but I can help you have fun with family and friends by having a trunk show. If you are local to Ann – we can do it here…if not – I can do an online show for you!

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  7. Linda Tyree

    This salad looks so refreshing. Must try it with some of my Alabama BBQ! Found your site because of the gluten free options. Everything I’ve tried has been great. The Stella and Dot selection looks fabulous. Thanks for giving us GF folks such great choices.

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  8. Tamra Phelps

    I absolutely love watermelon, sometimes with a little salt on it. I just don’t know if I would like it in a salad (other than fruit salad, lol.) I wonder if that would change its taste? I think I need to give it a try & find out, ha! (Oh, & I love the Stella & Dot giveaway, too!)

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  9. Lisa Williams

    This watermelon salad looks so light and refreshing and pretty,I adore watermelon and I’m always looking for more recipes that use it besides fruit salad which is delicious but I like variety.I also really love the balsamic vinegar glaze,it’s not a heavy dressing and I will be able to taste the watermelon,so yummy!

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  10. Theresa C.

    Always looking for new salad recipes – thanks for this one! And Stella & Dot has amazing things 😉

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  11. Susan P.

    I would substitute baby spinach or mix spinach and arugula for this salad. It looks good and would be perfect for a picnic or BBQ.

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  12. Georgia S.

    Thank you for sharing both healthful and delicious recipes that always use ingredients that always seem to be in stock at home. This watermelon salad with the almond and blueberry add-ins is right in line with the Medditerranean Diet.

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  13. Gina

    Cannot wait to try this salad! I love fruit, cheese and nuts in my salads so, two out of three is not bad. Thanks for sharing!
    Gina

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  14. Farin Loeb

    This looks amazing! (I wonder if scallion and chives would also work instead of red onion) And the giveaway looks amazing- love how they coat for sensitive skin, and the adjusters!

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  15. Amy J

    This sounds delicious and so summery. Once summer gets rolling, seems we always need a new idea to use up those huge watermelon.

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  16. Alicelynne Watson

    The recipe sounds delicious. I like the addition of the lime juice! Thanks for sharing!!

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  17. Theresa O'Donnell

    Salad looks so yummy! Going to try it with the orange watermelon I just bought at Moms!

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  18. Meredith

    Hello summer! I can’t wait to try this. It’s the perfect recipe to share with new friends and old.

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  19. KERRY PLOSS

    What a great way to make watermelon part of a more savory meal. I love the creativity here. I have so much fun on this page! All the way from the creative recipes, to the fabulously designed kitchens, I can’t say enough about this page! I keep coming back, unlike with some other pages. 🙂

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    1. Abby Messick

      So excited to see all these comments about my Watermelon Salad. I made it for a picnic Memorial Day Monday. Brought the leftovers home and my daughter took it to school for the next 2 days. She LOVED it! Cant wait to giveaway the Stella & Dot gift card! A few new summer things launched and the are FAB!!!

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  20. Mary Lou Keller

    YUM! This salad is one I will definitely try, I love salads that are quite different and am in need of something new to try! I tend to fix the same things and after a while, it is good to shake things up a little.

    Question for you Ann, do you ever salt watermelon? I have a friend that always did that, and I thought it odd, but once I tried it, I could totally understand why she liked it.

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    1. Ann Post author

      My husband and father-in-law love to salt watermelon. I, too, thought this was rather strange when I first saw them do it. For some reason, I have never been tempted to try…although I love the salty feta and sweet watermelon combo in this salad. : )

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  21. Mary Beth Elderton

    What a great BBQ spread! And the Stella & Dot items are perfect for “casual-but-well-done!” I LOVE the GETAWAY – BLACK/CREAM STRIPE –perfect for day trips.

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  22. lissa crane

    We are huge watermelon fans in my home, and this is one recipe that I know would go over big this Summer! I also like that my children could help make this light, healthy salad! They’re more likely to eat what they help create!

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  23. Patricia D

    Oh my gosh, the Stella and Dot products are super cute! And that watermelon salad looks delicious- will have to try ASAP!

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  24. Taryn T

    I think I would really love the feta and mint, it would balance well with the watermelon! Also, I would love to win the Stella and Dot gift certificate. As a teacher, it would help me to get ready for the summer!

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  25. Melinda Atwell

    I have never had watermelon in a salad- sounds interesting! We love watermelon around here, and I’m always looking for new ways to bring healthy meals to the table. Thanks for the recipe!

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  26. Peggy Johnson

    I never thought of putting watermelon on my salad, what a fresh idea. I will have to try this soon.

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  27. LynneMarie

    This salad looks like it would be quite refreshing. I’ve heard of Stella & Dot, but I will admit I’ve not yet purchased anything from them. Looks like they have some nice items.

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  28. Giant Sis

    Looks like a tasty summer salad! I wouldn’t have considered putting all those together – but it sounds yummy!

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  29. Pam Collins

    What an interesting looking salad. I’ve seen strawberries in a salad, but I’m allergic to strawberries, so this might be an option for me to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe and for having this giveaway. Stella & Dot have some beautiful items!

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  30. Leah Shumack

    I love watermelon but I’ve never had it on a salad before…well just in fruit salad! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

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  31. karen

    I am so happy watermelon is back in season, I have never tried it in a salad with feta cheese but I bet it’s a great combo, can’t wait to try this.

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  32. Fiona N

    This Abby’s Watermelon Salad looks so delicious and perfect for summer! I would try it soon because I love watermelon!
    Thank You for the chance

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  33. Linda Bradshaw

    I am not sure about watermelon in stuff like that. I have been seeing more and more recipes using watermelon. I must give this a try and see what I have been missing out on!

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  34. Annmarie W.

    What a fun recipe! I love watermelon & feta cheese…but never thought to put them together. I’ll be trying this soon!

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  35. Cheryl B

    Wow, that salad looks delicious, it would be perfect for a brunch with my parents this Father’s Day.

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  36. Lindsey Lawrence

    That salad looks so refreshing! I’m usually leery about mixing fruits and veggies, but this one I might have to give a try. And Stella & Dot have some awesome and adorable things! I could go crazy on there!

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    1. Abby Messick

      Lindsey – let me help you go crazy with Stella & Dot! Connect with me via my website…www.stelladot.com/abbymessick

      I would love to help you find some great things!

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  37. Ashley Perez

    This salad looks really good. i have never had anything like that but it sure does look appealing!!

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  38. Jenny S

    I love the Aurora necklace! Very pretty. I also really like the crossbody bags. Summery salads are always fun and this one is new to me.

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  39. June S.

    Stella & Dot have some really nice looking things for the nice summer months ahead, I am liking everything that I am seeing. Thanks for the chance!

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  40. Pamela

    Thanks for the recipe – the watermelon salad looks delicious. I haven’t seen Stella & Dot jewelry before, it’s beautiful!

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  41. Christie 20er

    I don’t usually like fruit on my salad, but this looks really good. May have to branch out this summer!

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  42. KERRY PLOSS

    I’ve decided to serve this Watermelon Salad at a Luncheon I am hosting this week! I am sure it will go over well.

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  43. Carrie Post author

    I am past due on commenting as I can’t tell you how many times I have made this salad since seeing the recipe a couple of months ago. My husband and kids love it. Watermelon has become a standard ingredient on my weekly grocery list. Thank you for another wonderfully easy recipe!

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