July 15, 2015

Recipes: Strawberry Salsa & Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

  • 4 cups cubed or balled watermelon
  • 1 pint cherry, grape, or pear tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 4 ounces cubed feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 bunch watercress, stems removed, washed and drained (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
  • Sea salt, to taste and Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Combine the ingredients together into a large bowl.  Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and pour over the salad. You could try flavored balsamic vinegar such as fig or raspberry to add a fruity flavor to the dressing.  If you don’t like feta you could try goat cheese or any other cheese you enjoy.  The fresh mint creates a fresh flavor and gives your palate a pop!


Strawberry Salsa

  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 diced jalapeno pepper
  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 2 large tomato, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 small avocado, diced

Combine all ingredients (except avocado) together and let marinate for 4 hours in the refrigerator.  Stir in diced avocado just before serving. Serve with grilled or pan-fried meats, poultry, or seafood.  This can also be used with tortilla chips.


Laura Tolle RDN, LDN, CDE
Mission Hospital
Diabetes and Health Education Center