Oklahoma heat is no joke. This time of year, I crave light and cooling foods – like watermelon and cucumber. Summer is flying by and I’ve been dying to create a homemade watermelon vinaigrette. So, I finally buckled down and gave it a shot. Here’s what I came up with – give it a try and let me know what you think!
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a lime
2/3 cup watermelon juice*
1 tsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
*To get watermelon juice, simply take about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of fresh watermelon and blend in a blender until smooth. Your other options are to juice the watermelon with a juicer or buy it pre-juiced at the store. For this recipe, I opted for the first option!
Add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup watermelon to a blender and blend until smooth. Add remainder of ingredients to blender. Blend until combined (about 5-10 seconds). Store in an airtight jar. Try pairing it with the salad recipe below!
Pro tip: The honey helps sweeten and adds nutrients, but it also acts as an emulsifier to keep the oil mixed with the watermelon juice.
Mint Cucumber Arugula Salad
Handful of arugula
1/2 cup of chopped or sliced cucumber
12 watermelon chunks or balls*
3 mint leaves, chopped
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped
3 tbsp feta cheese crumbles
2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
*Pro tip: You don’t need a melon baller to make melon balls! I used a teaspoon to get the melon balls in the photo. Heck yea multi-purpose kitchen tools!
Combine and arrange ingredients on a plate. Drizzle with Watermelon Vinaigrette. Enjoy!