Watermelon Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

So I love watermelon! I can eat a whole watermelon by myself and before my son graced us with his cuteness, I used to be able to do just that. I'm not gonna lie, I used to wish he would dislike watermelon like his daddy but Alas! he loves it so I have to share. :) 

A few months back I went to a restaurant that had a watermelon salad on their menu. My first thought? "Watermelon is just fine the way it is. Don't ruin a good thing please!" But being that I love watermelon so much I decided to still give it a try, and well, I was hooked! Now I order it whenever I can but as not all restaurants offer it I decided to try my own. 

Now, there are many many variations of this salad. Some put red onion, some have it with arugula, some like it with mint, and some drizzle it with a balsamic reduction (which by the way is delish!) And I've had some with sunflower and pumpkin seeds and some with beets, and I have to say they are good! Side note...BEETS...yeah, I know. If you don't have good memories of this root veggie let me just say, some chefs have done a great job at awakening its charm in some delicious salad recipes. You may have to give it chance sometime!

Anyhow, here's what I did. Hope you like it!

INGREDIENTS

ORANGE VINAIGRETTE

3 tbsp white wine vinegar or similar (I use Trader Joe's White Moderna Vinegar - it's like a white balsamic)

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp parsley

Salt (to taste)

WATERMELON SALAD

4 cups watermelon chunks

1 cup of feta cheese crumbled or diced (I also use queso fresco, has a milder, less salty flavor)

1-2 tbsp mint finely cut (or to taste - if you like a stronger mint flavor use 2 tbsp)

1/4 cup walnuts roughly chopped (or to taste)

OPTIONAL: 1/2 Small red onion (thinly sliced)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. For the Vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients, whisk and set aside. 

2. For the Salad: Combine the watermelon chunks, mint, walnuts (and onion if using it) in a bowl. Drizzle vinaigrette over it, toss in feta (or queso fresco). Garnish with parsley. 

Enjoy!