Watermelon is so easy to love by itself but mix it with herbs like basil or lovage, spicy greens like arugula or endive and salty cheese then magic happens. I’ve made this salad many times with arugula but I think I love the basil even more. Make this watermelon basil feta salad as a side dish or as a main meal salad.
I grow basil, arugula, lovage, parsley, lavender, Swiss chard and arugula on my deck in pots, all winter long in Mexico. Some greens and fresh herbs are available at the organic markets. I buy seeds and plant the herbs that I frequently use. I have seen herb plants at the farmers markets in the spring.
Arugula is easy to grow and difficult to find so grow your own.
Let local farmers know that you need fresh arugula and basil. Join a CSA, community supported agriculture, in your community or get together with your farmers and create one.
Stay tuned to My Baja Newsletter Fall edition for an update on the Loreto, BCS, CSA.
[lt_recipe name=”Watermelon Basil Feta Salad” servings=”6″ prep_time=”10M ” total_time=”10M” difficulty=”Easy ” summary=”Simple 4 ingredient watermelon, basil and feta salad. Toss with balsamic glaze for a quick, protein packed salad. Travels well when chilled. ” print=”yes” image=”http://mybajakitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/image-1-225×300.jpeg” ingredients=”Watermelon, 6-8 cups cubed;Fresh basil, 1 cup sliced;Feta or quéso fresco, 1 cup crumbled;Drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze, or reduced balsamic vinegar. May substitute orange marmalade thinned with apple cider or rice vinegar.” ]Cube watermelon and slice basil. Mix with feta and toss. Drizzle salad with glaze before serving. Keep chilled under ready to serve. Best eaten immediately. [/lt_recipe]
Making a weekly meal plan helps me save money, time and reduces the stress of “What’s for dinner?” I make healthy choices at the market, reduce waste because I know what is in the pantry and I’m less tempted to eat out. I always buy the freshest produce at the Baja market. I save money in the United States by choosing sale items, produce that’s local and in season and I avoid the processed foods.
My Loreto Sunday Market
Money Saving tips:
Make out a weekly menu
Stick to your list
Buy organic when it makes sense for your budget and health
Never leave the produce aisle at Whole Foods, never
Seductive Whole Foods
A trip to Whole Foods doesn’t have to break the bank.Look for sale items which usually means that the item is in season, locally grown and ready to eat. Never leave the produce section at Whole Foods. Do you really need organic bunny crackers, blue corn tortillas, expensive cheese and organic clothing? No judgement, if your answer is YES, DUH! Just think before you wander. I can impulse buy faster than anyone but I try to stick to a list and a plan. Always write out a meal plan before shopping.
I love Whole Foods and Trader Joes but I also know that the stores are a land mine of processed trigger foods. Save your money and buy real food. Processed organic food is still processed. Save money by only buying organic produce for the dirty dozen. Although I love the idea of saving the planet from pesticides in general if you want to save money and want to reduce your exposure to toxin then buying some organic produce makes sense.
Recipe links for this week’s meal plan:
Coming soon to MyBajaKitchen: chili rubbed shrimp kabobs
Weekly recipes under development: zucchini, corn vegan patties, grilled watermelon salad and sweet jalapeño & orange sauce over salmon.
Ground turkey stuffed bell peppers similar to these at Whatsfordinnerdoc.com
Grilled prosciutto and sage chicken inspired by saltimbocca
Smoked salmon muffins, inspired by these cheese muffins and these salmon muffins.
Planning my meals around the available produce helps me use everything I’ve purchased without waste and allows me to create around the freshest ingredients. I print the menu and hang it on the refrigerator so that everyone knows the weekly plan. Of course, we don’t always stay on plan if no one feels like cooking or a date night develops. 😊
Here are this week’s farmer’s market and grocery store finds. Our farmer’s market in Northern Nevada has spring produce and lots of berries and stone fruits. As the weather warms, I will be able to buy most of my produce there.