Watermelon Salad with Mint and Dandelion Greens

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Dandelion Greens

watermelon and mint salad I’ve been toying with the idea of watermelon salad for some time now, so this weekend I finally decided to dive in and make it for some friends that were over. I found a range of recipes, most of which called for at least mint and feta, but I found one that included arugula. The bitterness of the arugula would go great with a sweet dressing and the sweetness of the watermelon, I thought. So, last week I went out and bought everything I needed. I only ran into one problem…my arugula went bad before I could use it. Despite being frustrated I was out of time to run to the store and had to make a decision quickly.

The dish just seemed to scream for something bitter in it, but what? After some rapid Googling, I came to a solution. Dandelion greens! I had plenty of robust dandelions growing in my former garden. I went out and cut about 6 large leaves. They were a combination of mature and young leaves. I had read that mature leaves would be too bitter and that they should be blanched at least. But, I’m stubborn and wanted crisp, fresh greens in the salad so I washed and chopped them raw.

I did make the salad about an hour ahead of time and dressed it so that the greens would sit with the dressing for a little while to curb any overly bitter portions. The result was fantastic and everyone ate a healthy portion of the salad…even after I told them it was dandelion greens in it.

Recipe:

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Watermelon Salad
watermelon salad recipe
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
watermelon salad recipe
Instructions
  1. Make the citrus dill vinaigrette ahead of time to dress the salad.
  2. Add honey to the dressing. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Add watermelon, dandelion greens, mint and feta to a large bowl.
  4. Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss to coat.
  5. Chill salad 1 hour and serve.
Recipe Notes

Here is where you can find the recipe for the Citrus Dill Vinaigrette. Remember to add the honey to sweeten the dressing just a bit.

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