Watermelon Mint Quinoa with Goat Feta Salad

by Destini on July 4, 2012

Story time; I have an issue with watermelon in any way other than it’s all natural juicy form. Biting into a freshly cut piece right off the rind. YUMMM! I don’t like it pureed, put into smoothies, popsicles, juice, candies, etc and don’t even get me started with any artificial watermelon. Is it just me or does it taste NOTHING like real watermelon other than sweet horribleness that just makes me want to puke. Not many sweet things can do that to me, in fact this may be the only one. I just can’t handle it. Enough story telling, I hope I didn’t ruin your love for watermelon by my silliness! OR discourage you from trying this salad. Because let me tell you…its fab. Yeah, absolutely fabulous. All the ingredients just worked and created this beautiful sweet/salty/light and irresistible combination for a hot summer day salad. Yeah, I just amped that up probably too much. But I am sure you get the idea.

Ingredients: Yields 8 servings

  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed in cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1 T agave nectar (could also use honey)
  • 6 mint leaves, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt & pepper

Directions: In a small bowl, mix together agave nectar, mint & lime. Put aside.  In a large pot, add quinoa to boiling vegetable broth, stir, cover and turn heat down to low and cook for 15min. Remove from heat, leave covered for another 5min or till liquid is absorbed. Let the quinoa cool completely. I place mine in the fridge.

Once cooled. mix in the feta and watermelon. Add dressing and serve!

I think the combination of lime, mint, watermelon and add the saltiness from the goat feta makes it a magical flavourful mouthful! Very enjoyable!

Can’t wait to have this again for lunch tomorrow!

New story; I stalk UPS. Yep! I found a slip on my door before the long weekend and it said it was a package from Le Creuset. My truly amazing funtastic husband ordered an early birthday present for me….my 5qt Le Creuset pot! I have wanted one forever! And knowing that this wonderful gift was being held hostage by UPS till after the long weekend…well that was almost unbearable (insert: first world problem). Tuesday came around and I must have entered that tracking number into the UPS website a gazillion times! 5pm rolled around and no handsome brown uniform had knocked on my door. I felt that maybe if I waited on my front step he would show up sooner….NOPE I was wrong. I had to cave and finally make dinner before both my husband and I starved. As I finished chopping up that wonderful watermelon in the photos above…..A KNOCK ON MY DOOR! And as this is a story about a pot and a brown uniform. I bet you know where this was going. I almost ran out and kissed the poor exhausted UPS driver(it was 7:30pm and the UPS customer service dude on the phone said they work till 7…poor guy). I got right into that box and squealed like I was 7 years old and I just woke up to a Christmas tree full of presents from Santa.

She is just as wonderful as I knew she would be! My brain is just storming up a bunch of new recipes for it!

Okay enough of my rambles, this girl likes her sleep…well not so much lately. But that is a story for another night!

Question: Do you like watermelon? If not why? If yes, how do you like it?

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Question 2: Do you own a Le Creuset french oven? If so, what is your favorite recipe to cook in it? If not, do you want one?

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Lindsey July 5, 2012 at 7:34 am

I was never a huge watermelon fan but about a month ago I had to have one and bought a mini one. I fell in love with it in my salads! My only issue is we can barely eat a mini one let alone a full sized one! I need to buy another to try your salad 🙂
I do not have one of those french ovens! What do you all cook in it? Maybe I need one haha.

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Destini July 5, 2012 at 11:44 am

If you were a red head I would think I was adopted with our similarities.

Dutch Oven/French Ovens are wonderful for stews, casserole, one dish amazingness, slow roasting. They can be used on the stove and in the oven. And Le Creuset has a life time warranty on these beauties 😀

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mom2tes July 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

This salad looks fantastic – can’t wait to make it for a BBQ potluck we are heading to this weekend.

Can you please let me know how much feta you used – I didn’t see it listed in the recipe.

Thanks!

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Destini July 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

Hello! Yes, I see that I didn’t put it. I actually just crumbled some on top and tossed. It was about 1/4- 1/2cup.

Hope you enjoy it 😀

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