Yellow Watermelon Berry Salad

by Amie on July 13, 2012

I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a yellow watermelon.

Until last week.

Have I been living under a rock?

I mean seriously- where the heck did yellow watermelon come from?

And Why have I never, ever seen one before?

You’ll never guess how I discovered it.

You woulda’ thought a farmers market, right?

Nope.

Leave it to good ol’ Pineterest where I found a whole slew of yellow watermelon ideas.

I wasn’t quite sure what it was or how this funny looking yellow melon was going to taste…

But it sure looked pretty when chopped up.

So, I simply just did what I do best and started experimenting in my kitchen.

Me, a yellow watermelon, a pretty pink watermelon and some fresh berries from the market.

My yellow melon wasn’t as sweet as I had hoped.

Was a bit bland, actually.

But maybe that was just the particular melon I grabbed.

I dunno.

But I do know that I’ll be sticking with the pink watermelon from now on.

The pink girls have more flavor, don’t ya think?

Anyway, back to the recipe. This fruit salad comes from my cooking role model, my grandma- who was the most amazing cook (and baker) in the world. I wish she was still alive to see some of my fun creations but I’m sure she’s watching down on me in the kitchen gettin’ messy with my food.

I’ve loved making fruit salads for so long and every time I open up a pint of berries or slice a melon- it brings me back to those carefree summers of being a kid and picking fresh strawberries in the fields with my grandma.

Every summer she’d take my sister and I into the fields and pick for hours.

I remember eating the berries right after picking them- my face was red with berry juice but they were so worth it.

And so, once again I opened a box of fresh berries and sliced a melon or two last week- only to think back to the days I spent with my grandma and those warm summer memories of making strawberry shortcake and ambrosia salads with our freshly picked fruit.

So, this year I’m gathering all the fresh melons and berries I can find to whip up an extra special treat.  Well, this fruit salad is a real treat- but today is my papa’s birthday and I’ll be heading to the beach to make him something extra special- with lots n’ lots of berries.

Maybe a gluten-free strawberry shortcake?

What do ya think?

Happy Birthday to my Father… To many more years of health and happiness with mom, Aly and I.

Watermelon Berry Salad
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Gluten-Free and Vegan
Ingredients
  • 2 cups yellow watermelon, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 2 cups pink watermelon, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 3 cups packed fresh baby mixed greens
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Barlean’s Flax Oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, mixed greens and lemon zest; set aside in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk remaining ingredients. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove salad and dressing from fridge. Drizzle dressing over salad; gently toss to combine.
  4. Serve chilled.
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Betsy July 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

This time of year I can really sink my teeth into fruit salads. I like to let them chill in the fridge overnight. The flavor, especially if I sprinkled it with coconut, intensifies.

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Amie July 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Thank you Betsy! Coconut on a salad sounds heavenly to me. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Beverly Milley July 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

HI AMIE,

THIS FRUIT SALAD LOOKS VERY INVITING I HAVE BEEN MAKING ALL YOUR SALADS SINCE IT IS OVER 100 HERE DAILY COLD FRUIT,BERRIES AND GREENS SEEM TO BE HE ANSWER. I HAVE NEVER SEEN YELLOW WATERMELON BUT IT LOOKS GOOD. I WILL MAKE THIS SALAD AND THE DRESSING LOOKS WONDERFULY. I HAVE BEEN TOASTING COCONUT AND SPRINKLING IT OVER THE TOP, SO GOOD. THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH ALL OF US. HAVE A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY WITH YOUR DAD.

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Amie July 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Thanks Beverly; enjoy and have a wonderful weekend. Let me know how you like the yellow watermelon!

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Sandy Coughlin July 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

So beautiful, colorful, tasty, fresh … perfect for summer entertaining!

Love this! xo

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Amie July 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Awe; thank you Sandy! So great to hear from you darling. Miss you tons and hope all is well.
xoxo

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Beverly Milley July 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

HI AMIE,

I MADE THE SALAD YESTERDAY AND IT WAS WONDERFUL EVERYONE ENJOYED I THINK I ATE MORE THEN I SHOULD. IT WAS SO COLORFUL AND MADE A GREAT PRESENTATION AT MY TABLE. THANK YOU

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Amie July 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thank you Beverly; so happy to hear! Have a great night, darling! oxxo

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