Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Watermelon, Tomato, Basil and Feta Salad


Sustainable eating requires eating foods that are in-season, grown locally.  Tomatoes, watermelon and basil are plentiful now in New England, and hopefully where you live, too.  I have to admit that the feta cheese I used for this did not come from a local farm.  If you can source it locally, all the better.  The combination of watermelon, tomato, basil and feta is amazing.  You might find yourself pleasantly surprised, if it seems strange to you.  When I first served this at a picnic the other evening, I forgot to put the dressing (balsamic vinegar and olive oil) on and it tasted great without it.  You could try it both ways and see which you prefer.  



3 large tomatoes (preferably heirloom), cut into bite-sized chunks
½ small seedless watermelon, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 handfuls fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ lb. crumbled feta cheese
3 TBS good-quality balsamic vinegar
6 TBS extra-virgin olive oil

Combine tomatoes, watermelon, and basil leaves.  Mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil together and pour over all.  Toss.  If you expect entire salad to be eaten soon, sprinkle feta cheese over all and toss.  Otherwise, sprinkle feta cheese generously over each individual serving.  Serves 10-12.  Make sure you get watermelon, tomato, basil and feta in each bite.  The combination is fantastic!


Wonderful picnic food!