It’s time that we crank up the salad recipes here on the blog just in time for all the BBQs and picnics that we will be having and I can’t think of a better one to start the season with. It’s refreshing, super simple and packed full of all the good stuff.
You didn’t think that I would go more than one day before back from my Greek island trip without posting a feta filled recipe did you? If you did, you must be new to my blog or just seriously underestimate my love of feta. Being in Greece was like a feta pilgrimage for me and you can bet that I made the most of it whilst there.
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But, it wasn’t just feta that I ate an obscene amount on my trip, there were healthier things being eaten too and one of those thing was watermelon. It was in abundance and my favourite way to stay hydrated, which is especially important now I am carrying a little baby. I ate watermelon for breakfast, we bought it from fruit stalls around the islands and I had it in salads for dinner, which is what inspired this recipe.
I have so many happy memories from our trip to Greece (which I will be posting more about another time, with plenty of photos of course), but what there is a huge amount of is happy food memories. It was some of the best food I have ever eaten in my life and it’s so nice to be in a place now where all my food memories are happy ones, rather than memories of guilt that I used to associate with food and holidays.
Sure, I overate, but I was enjoying my holiday. I am now back, tracking my food and back to eating sensible portions and not beating myself up about it like I would have done a few years ago. The Weight Watchers #WomanKind campaign is all about being kind to yourself and focusing on the positives and not living a life where food controls you. We all work really hard to be able to go on holiday, do you want to spend the whole time worrying about what you are eating and stressing about it? Make the most of the local fresh produce, eat plenty of fruit and veg and drink enough water and you don’t have to worry about the things you are indulging in. Be kind to yourself and create some happy food memories with your friends and families.
It wasn’t just the food itself that has given me happy food memories, but just taking time to sit down with Dave and enjoy a meal and taking my time to eat too. But the food was also pretty epic. A lot of the best food I ate in Greece was salads, and I was so happy to see so much variety on the menu too. Not just your Caesar salads or a boring green salads either, but salads full of different textures and flavours and the salads with watermelon in were my favourite from the trip.
What’s not to love about watermelons? They are really cheap when in season, go a long way, versatile and super juicy at this time of the year. In the interest of branching out and adding more fruit to my salad (hello strawberries in salad), I thought watermelon would be a good one to go with and I paired it with some kale as we had a huge bag of it to use up. This is definitely one of my favourite salads now.
Add the crunch of the pecans and the creaminess and saltiness of the feta and you have so many flavours and textures going on, but it is not too over powering. We made a huge batch of this and we were having it as a side dish with loads of different meals for a couple of days. I love the mix of flavours and I am definitely a fan of fruit on salads now.
Ingredients – Serves 4:
– 1 bunch/1 large bag of kale
– 60g/2oz Feta cheese
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 2 tbsp cider vinegar
– Juice of half a lemon
– 2 garlic cloves, crushed
– 10 pecans, chopped
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
– 150g/1 cup watermelon, diced
1) Roughly chop the kale and put it in a bowl with the olive oil, cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper and mix well.
2) Add the feta, watermelon and pecans.
Nutritional Information – Per person
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**This recipe was commissioned by Weight Watchers, however all opinions are my own**