Cantaloupes were 69 cents EACH at my local supermarket the other day, and this is a good thing. My son would eat cantaloupe morning, noon and night if he could. And he pretty much feels the same about strawberries, too. Therefore, I’m labeling this salad as an adult-loving- but kid friendly salad- because just about everything in it is something that most adults & children will happily eat: Strawberry- Melon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette.
The star of this salad is the watermelon vinaigrette, which was inspired by a recipe that my food blog friend and web designer Barbara pointed out. It’s a simple whir in the blender of watermelon chunks with onion, vinegar, honey, olive oil and basil.
The salad itself starts with strawberries and melon. I used watermelon and cantaloupe chunks, but you can certainly be flexible with your choice of melons… and I think raspberries might be good in here as well.
The fruit is spooned onto mixed greens and then topped with crumbled gorgonzola. I like to use the real creamy kind of gorgonzola that you buy in the package and crumble yourself, but you can always use the already-crumbled sort if you prefer. If you’re not a big fan of gorgonzola, leave it out or sub with feta cheese. The watermelon vinaigrette is drizzled on top.
What do you think? Will your kids eat this? Or more importantly, will you eat this? Our family thought it was quite refreshing and delicious in the midst of the hot days of summer. The gorgonzola was a nice touch- a welcomed tangy flavor to pair with the sweetness of the fruit. And it sure is an affordable salad if your end-of-summer fruit is as cheap as it is where I live right now.
A few things about this salad- It’s 4 WW points per serving if you’re on the Weight Watchers plan. It’s a mere 175 calories for those who are counting. And it’s gluten free (providing that your olive oil and cheese choices are free of gluten).
This recipe can be found here: Strawberry- Melon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette
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