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Watermelon Salad with Dairy-Free Feta

It should come as no surprise that I think salads are one of the best summer meal options. They’re simple to make, so you can quickly assemble one for lunch or easily put together a large amount for a pool party.  

My Watermelon Salad with Fermented Macadamia-Nut Feta is everything a salad should be—satisfying, healthy, and so good you’ll be eating it for the rest of the season. Watermelon is a great way to stay hydrated when it’s hot out (it contains 92% water!), and the fermented cheese fills your gut with friendly bacteria.

For an extra health benefit, I like to sprinkle my salad with fresh herbs. Cilantro or mint (or a bit of both) are excellent options, as they aid in digestion and help cleanse the body. I love how such little additions can ramp up the health and flavour profile of any meal.

Now, I know how challenging it can be to get in the kitchen when your schedule is crowded with everything from camp drop-offs to summer vacations. But here are some shortcuts: prepare the cheese in advance and buy the watermelon pre-cut. Then, it takes no time at all to pull together. If you’re on the go, pack it up for a picnic, road trip or potluck.

Watermelon Salad w/ Fermented Macadamia-Nut Feta

Fermented Macadamia-Nut Feta, prepared in advance (see recipe here)
2 ½ limes, juiced
½ cup coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
1 green onion, finely chopped  
1 tsp. salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 seedless watermelon
1 cucumber
Chopped cilantro or mint


  1. To make the dressing, whisk the lime juice, oil, onion, salt and pepper. Let sit for one hour.
  2. Cut the watermelon and cucumber into 1-inch chunks.
  3.  Add the dressing and fresh herbs just before serving. Toss well.
  4.  Add the Feta and gently mix to incorporate into the salad. Serve immediately.

I hope you enjoy this dairy-free, gut-friendly recipe as much as I do! Are there any other recipes or comfort foods you’d like me to make healthier? Let me know via email or in the comments below. Making the switch is easier than you’d think, and I’m here to help you on your delicious journey.