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Red, White, & Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette

A summertime salad of mixed greens, juicy watermelon, plump blueberries, creamy feta, and toasted almonds in a sweet and tangy watermelon vinaigrette is a side dish worthy of barbecues, picnics, and Fourth of July parties!

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For a variety of reasons, Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. First off, it falls during summer, which — despite the oftentimes ridiculous Texas heat — is my favorite season of the year. Secondly, it’s a holiday that you can celebrate without the added pressure of buying gifts or stuffing eggs or cooking a 27-course meal. Third, there are parades and picnics and barbecues and fireworks. And have I mentioned the boatloads of red, white, and blue?

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But most importantly? It’s America’s birthday and, for someone who gets all weepy over the swelling chords of Stars and Stripes Forever or Lee Greenwood belting out I’m Proud to Be an American, that’s a big deal. Actually, if I’m being totally honest, the waterworks are automatic if I hear the latter on my car radio any ol’ day of the year. What can I say? ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land… I’m a patriotic sap.

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Today I have a recipe that can help you with at least a few of the above categories…specifically, picnics/barbecues and a fondness for red, white, and blue. Because regardless of what’s on your Fourth of July shindig menu, a patriotic color scheme should be included somewhere. Am I right?

Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette ~ a fruity summertime salad to celebrate the Fourth of July | FiveHeartHome.com

This salad would be delicious all summer long, when watermelons are sweet and juicy and blueberries are sweet and plump. But it would be especially delightful on your July 4th buffet table, seeing as how it’s not only red, white, and blue, but you can easily cut your watermelon into adorable, patriotic stars. A salad with freaking edible stars, people! If that’s not cuteness overload, I’m not sure what is.

Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette ~ a fruity summertime salad to celebrate the Fourth of July | FiveHeartHome.com

And I promise that these watermelon stars won’t require you to go all Martha Stewart on anyone. A simple star-shaped cookie cutter (or star cutters in various sizes, if you already happen to have a set like that — ahem) is all that’s required. Cutting out stars really doesn’t take much longer than cutting your watermelon into chunks. However, if basic cubes are more your speed, you can certainly go for those instead of stars…this is a No Fruit-Shape Judging Zone. However you decide to adorn your salad, rest assured that it will be beautiful and delicious!

Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette ~ a fruity summertime salad to celebrate the Fourth of July | FiveHeartHome.com

You know why? Because we’re not just talking about watermelon chunks on a bed of mixed greens here. There are also blueberries that burst when you bite into them, and mild, creamy feta cheese, perfectly counterbalanced by crunchy, toasty slivered almonds. As for the salad dressing, what could be more fitting than Watermelon Vinaigrette?

Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette ~ a fruity summertime salad to celebrate the Fourth of July | FiveHeartHome.com

Even if you start with a small seedless watermelon (and I apologize that my watermelon here is actually more orangey-pinkish than American flag red — please use your imagination), you’re only going to use a fraction of it for your watermelon stars. It’s likely that some of your watermelon will be leftover and can be reserved for another use altogether. But if you toss some of those star-remnant watermelon scraps into a 1-cup measuring cup and whiz them up with a few other ingredients, you’ll have created a tangy, refreshing watermelon vinaigrette to perfectly top this salad!

Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette ~ a fruity summertime salad to celebrate the Fourth of July | FiveHeartHome.com

So how will you be celebrating the Fourth this year? Whatever your plans, I hope they include fun, family, and food…and now that you’ve read this post, I also hope they include watermelon stars…or at least time-efficient watermelon cubes. ;) God bless the USA!

Red, White, & Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette

Yield: 8 servings

Red, White, & Blue Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette

A summertime salad of mixed greens, juicy watermelon, plump blueberries, creamy feta, and toasted almonds in a sweet and tangy watermelon vinaigrette is a side dish worthy of barbecues, picnics, and Fourth of July parties!

Ingredients

    For Salad:
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) slivered almonds
  • Small seedless watermelon
  • 12 ounces mixed salad greens
  • 12 ounces blueberries
  • 8 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • For Watermelon Vinaigrette:
  • 1 cup watermelon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread slivered almonds on sheet pan and bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, watching carefully to prevent burning. Allow to cool.
  2. Cut watermelon in half, and slice several 1/2-inch thick rounds. Use a small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out as many watermelon stars as desired. Reserve watermelon scraps.
  3. Prepare Watermelon Vinaigrette by combining 1 cup leftover watermelon chunks, red wine vinegar, honey, lemon juice, garlic salt, and oil in a mini food processor or blender. Process/blend for 30 seconds, or until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid and shake well before using.
  4. In a large bowl, layer mixed greens, blueberries, feta, almonds, and watermelon stars. Just before serving, dress with Watermelon Vinaigrette and gently toss until salad ingredients are evenly coated.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

If you don't have a star cookie cutter or don't want to go to the effort of cutting out stars, you may cut your watermelon into 1-inch cubes instead.

You can customize the proportions of ingredients to your liking...add more or less fruit, feta, almonds, etc.

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Comments

  1. This looks so delicious and refreshing! What a great idea for the 4th of July…thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Jodee! And I really appreciate you sharing this recipe around blogland. :) I hope you enjoy it if you have a chance to make it for the 4th!

  2. Wow that is fantastic! Perfect salad for 4th of July :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Eric! If watermelon cut into stars doesn’t scream Independence Day, I’m not sure what does. ;)

  3. Hi Samantha! Your RWB Watermelon Salad will be featured tomorrow on “Redhead’s Kitchen”! Thank you for linking up your beautiful recipe and photographs! ~ Julie

  4. Looks delicious!

  5. I have made similar salads ingredient wise, but never ever even thought about cut
    outs for the watermelon. That is SO special. I love it. Thank you for the idea.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Carol! It really only takes a few extra minutes to cut out the stars, and I think it gives an already yummy salad a little wow factor. ;) Hope you’re having a great week!

  6. Wow! Such a beautiful and fun salad, Samantha! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us! Pinning this!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Kristi, and thanks for the fun party each week!

      I hope your re-entry into the “real world” this week goes smoothly. ;) I loved seeing all of y’all’s Disney pics!

  7. Oh this salad looks so yummy and festive. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I came by from the Best of the Weekend Party. I enjoyed my visit. I am following you now.
    Have a good weekend,
    Sherry

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Sherry! I’m so glad you stopped by, and that you enjoyed looking around a bit. I’m happy to have you as a new follower! Hopping over now to check out your blog. :) Have a great week!

  8. This salad looks so amazing! Definitely putting it on the list to try this summer! Thanks for sharing on the #mondayfundayparty !

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Pauline! I love linking up to Monday Funday each week, and I appreciate y’all featuring this salad. Thanks for stopping by…hope your week is off to a great start! :)

  9. This looks amazing and delicious! Pinning now!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Kelly…I appreciate that! Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! :)

  10. I don’t personally care for fruit on salads, but this is definitely beautiful!

  11. What a super fun and festive salad! And your photos are stunning!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Chelsea! I’m trying to get more consistent with my photography, but some days are better than others…which I suppose means I’m not quite consistent yet – ha! ;)

  12. I just love this salad! It is so fun and festive!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Renee! It was fun to make and eat. ;) I hope you have a chance to try it!

      • I am not a fan of feta,what other cheese can I use? Mozza?

        • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

          Hi, Bob! I think you can use whatever cheese sounds good to you. :) Mozzarella would be great…shredded or even in small cubes. You could use goat cheese if you like that. Even something like Monterrey Jack or another mild cheese would work. Hope you enjoy!

  13. This makes me hungry just to look at it. We’re featuring it our Independence Day Round Up at Reviews, Chews & How-Tos. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much for including my salad in your fabulous round-up, Lynda…I really appreciate the feature! Hope you have a fabulous 4th! :)

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