Simple Watermelon Salad in Bowl

#CookingWithHeinens: Simple Summer Salads

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at 365Barrington.com.

On a hot, sunny day the last thing anyone wants to do is work over a hot stove … even a seasoned cook. I would much rather play paddle ball on the beach or sip cocktails on the deck. Summer is a time for gatherings, but why spend all day chopping fruits and vegetables or mixing up salads from scratch when Heinen’s has ready-made salads and freshly cut produce ready to throw together?

Today I’m going to show you how you can assemble a delicious salad fit for a party using items that are chopped and prepped in the ready-made salad section of your local Heinen’s.

Simple Watermelon Salad

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Cups watermelon, cut into ¾-1 inch cubes
  • 4 Turkish cucumbers (or one English), cut into ¾ inch cubes
  • ¼ Cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ Cup mint, chopped
  • ½ Cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • ¼-½ Cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ Cup toasted pistachios
  • ¼ Cup olive oil
  • ⅛ Cup red wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt, more to taste
  • Cracked pepper
  • A pinch ground clove

Method

  • Place watermelon, cucumber and onion in a large bowl. Add herbs, feta and pistachios.
  • Gently mix.
  • Add olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and clove. Mix to incorporate. Add to salad as desired.

Looking for more easy ideas from the Prepared Food section?

Breeze through and you will see it’s difficult to make up your mind with so much to choose from. We love the crab cakes and grilled vegetables. The salmon is also perfect for a quick and easy no-fuss dinner.

Prepared Salmon and Grilled Veggies on Plate

If you just need a quick side dish to add to your BBQ, the Heinen’s Salads We Love are delicious. Broccoli salad, bean salad or any of the grain salads go well with just about any dish. For a more festive presentation, grab a head of baby bib lettuce and line your bowl. You can find all of the delicious Salads We Love on the Heinen’s Salad Bar.

Kale salad is one of my favorites, but incorporating the dressing can be a bit of a chore. With kale, you need to massage the oils into the leaves to soften them up so they’re easier to enjoy. That’s why starting with a base of Heinen’s pre-made kale salad and adding my own extras is always a win. Here I simply added dried cherries to what was already offered.

Kale Salad with Dried Cherries

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