This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Growing up, the summer always seemed like the busiest time for my family. While my sisters and I weren’t in school, we always had something going on from summer camps to swim team practice (and meets) to family vacations. It always seemed like we were doing something or going somewhere. Making healthy choices was not always the easiest choice and many times it wasn’t the choice that my family made.
Despite the fact that I am all grown up, I still feel like my life is constantly on the go. In fact, the summer is very much the busiest and most stressful time of the year. Pete and I try to make healthy choices, especially when it comes to food, but that still isn’t always the easiest choice. One way that we make our choice easier is by having a stock pile of simple, healthy recipes and ingredients available in the pantry and the refrigerator.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are the among our favorite summer time staples. Our fridge is always stocked with blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and what seems like an endless supply of vegetables. We eat a lot of salads for lunch and steamed veggies for dinner. Pete and I love to make simple, healthy meals that can be thrown together quickly and without too much of a mess in the kitchen.
When I was coming up with this recipe, I wanted to create a fun, simple, and healthy salad that would be a perfect addition to a picnic, BBQ, or block party. I have tried watermelon salads at restaurants and loved the refreshing, complexity of the salad. My twist on the salad is the delicious blueberry onion topping and blueberry balsamic dressing. This salad screams summertime fun! Plus watermelons are a delicious way to stay hydrated while in enjoying summer activities.
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup blueberries, plus some for garnish
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- ½ teaspoon kosher sea salt
- 4 cups watermelon, cubed
- 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt
- 4 cups arugula
- ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
- In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the thinly sliced red onions. Cook the onion until it is lightly caramelized, about 8 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of blueberries and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, molasses, and sea salt. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the blueberries have collapsed.
- Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
- Once the mixture has cooled, pour the blueberry-onion mixture through a strainer. Reserve the blueberry-balsamic sauce to dress the salad and the blueberry-onion mixture to top the salad.
- Line a small mixing bowl with paper towels. Add the watermelon cubes to the bowl. Use the paper towels to absorb the excess moisture of the watermelon. Set aside for 5 minutes.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the arugula and goat cheese. Divide the mixture evenly among 4 plates. Top each of the plates with the arugula-goat cheese mixtures with a quarter of the blueberry-onion mixture.
- Remove the paper towels from the small mixing bowl with the watermelon cubes. Add 1 teaspoon of sea salt to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Divide the watermelon cubes evenly and top each of the salads.
- Drizzle some of the blueberry-balsamic sauce on to each of the salads. Garnish each of the salads with a few blueberries.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
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