Updated: Nov 5, 2018
Watermelon and Spinach Salad
I recently bought a ton of watermelon (I couldn't help myself!!) and felt inspired to make something that highlighted the summer fruit - even though it's delicious on its own. This summer salad tastes as refreshing as it looks and offers up vegetarian protein (pumpkin seeds and cheese), along with iron (spinach and pumpkin seeds) and some vitamin C (watermelon and spinach). Watermelon also serves up a hearty dose of potassium and beta carotene (which our bodies convert to vitamin A). And the best part? It takes about 5 minutes to make and looks beautiful - whether you're enjoying this salad solo or increasing the portions and bringing it to a summer party!
Ingredients (serves 2):
4 C baby spinach, raw
2 C watermelon, cut into 1-2" cubes
1/2 C pumpkin seeds, roasted and lightly salted or unsalted
1.5 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1. Lay spinach in a medium/large bowl
2. Add cubed watermelon and spread over spinach, so it is evenly distributed
3. Top with pumpkin seeds and goat cheese crumbles. Drizzle the dressing of your choice and enjoy!
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:
Calories 289 calories, Total Fat 18 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 8 mg, Sodium 128 mg, Carbohydrates 20 g, Fiber 2g, Protein 14 g, Calcium 85 mg
*This analysis uses dry roasted, unsalted pumpkin seeds. Depending on the brand/ingredients used, nutritional analysis may vary slightly
*Please Note: While this dish is free from gluten-containing ingredients, I recommend using certified gluten free products if you need to avoid potential sources of cross contamination, such as in the case of celiac disease.