Roasted Beet and Watermelon Salad with Feta, Mint, and Lime Juice is brimming with fresh flavors, perfect for summer and as a refreshingly light salad all year long!
This salad contains a simple olive oil and lime juice dressing with black pepper and a dash of chili powder (optional). During the summer months (and into Fall depending where you live), fresh produce like watermelon is abundant and a wonderful sweet treat when chilled. Add savory feta cheese (we prefer traditional sheep and/or goat’s milk feta), fresh mint, roasted/smoky beets, and lime juice, and this salad is an absolute favorite! Serve this recipe as a light side-salad for lunch or serve at your next picnic, barbecue or potluck.
WATERMELON AND BEET HEALTH BENEFITS
Watermelon is refreshing and delicious, packed with wonderful health benefits. Naturally sweet and containing a high water volume, watermelon helps us stay hydrated and offers incredible nutrients, such as trace minerals: potassium and magnesium.
After exercising and during the warmer months when we tend to sweat more frequently, replacing electrolytes is key, and both watermelon and beets offer substantial trace minerals. When we sweat, we lose essential trace minerals, such as potassium and magnesium. This roasted beet and watermelon salad is a delightful post-workout treat and/or refreshingly health salad for the whole family. Beyond replenishing trace minerals, beets offer many health benefits that help improve immunity and boost circulation, all fantastic reasons to eat more beets!
Besides the stellar health benefits, this light and crisp salad is absolutely scrumptious with its sweet and savory combination of flavors. We suggest eating this salad immediately or within a day as the watermelon will get mushy and less crisp. For some additional pizzazz, add extra lime and a dash of chili-lime seasoning from Trader Joe’s or plain chili powder. Cheers to refreshing and delicious salads!
Roasted Beet, Watermelon, and Feta Salad with Mint and Lime Recipe
INGREDIENTS (Serves 4-6)
2 medium red beets, roasted
6 cups cubed fresh watermelon, cubed or cut in chunks
1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
1/2 cup Feta (traditional sheep or goat milk), cubed or crumbled
2 tbsp olive oil
2 limes, juiced
1 tsp black pepper
salt to taste
a dash of Trader Joe’s Chili powder (optional)
Cut watermelon (if not purchased pre-cut) from the rind. Chop watermelon into small cubes/chunks.
While beets are roasting, whisk together dressing ingredients: olive oil, lime juice, black pepper, and salt.
When beets are roasted and cool to touch, remove beet skins (see beet preparation tips), and cut beets into cubes or small chunks.
Place watermelon, chopped mint, and Feta in a large salad bowl. Toss gently to coat ingredients. You may add Feta towards the end if you wish to keep Feta in its cubed shapes. Add cubed roasted beets and gently mix. Top with a sprinkle of chili powder (optional). Serve.
Although you can make this salad ahead of time, it’s best made just prior to serving as ingredients will get watery and a tad mushy.