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Summer Watermelon and Quinoa Salad

Watermelon Salad With Feta and Fresh Basil

Lillie
Such a fresh DELICIOUS and beautiful salad. I love to have this for guests.  I do whatever amounts look good and fit my macros that day. You can’t go wrong here. But in parentheses is exactly what I did for this photo and the nutrition facts below.
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Servings 1
Calories 475 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Salad

  • 2 cups 75 g arugula
  • 1/2 cup 75 g cubed watermelon
  • 1/4 cup 50 g quinoa (I buy the already cooked packages at Costco to make it even easier!)
  • 1/4 of an Avocado 25 g
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed sliced red onion 20 g
  • 1/4 + cup 35 g chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 tbs 7 g toasted pine nuts
  • 2 large pinches of fresh basil
  • 1.5 tbs reduced fat feta 20 g
  • 4 oz 113 g Grilled chicken (leftover or grill your favorite with simple marinade)
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For the Dressing

  • 3 tbs white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon
  • 5 grams honey drizzle for a few seconds
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tbs olive oil whisk fast while you drizzle slowly
  • Balsamic Glaze or reduction *optional
  • *I would have always done more olive oil before I watched my fat but if you’re trying to limit fat this worked great. I used 25 grams which is just under 2 tbs of dressing.

Instructions
 

DIRECTIONS

  • Toss arugula in a little dressing
  • Toss quinoa in a little dressing
  • Top arugula with all toppings and then drizzle with additional dressing and optional drizzle of balsamic glaze. And by optional I mean do it because balsamic glaze makes everything better.
  • Always finish with some coarse salt and plenty of fresh ground pepper. Please.

Notes

OR sometimes I toss everything (besides arugula) together with dressing and pile the dressed arugula on a platter and then top with dressed "quinoa salad". The quinoa salad can be tossed ahead of time if wanted.  If I want more dressing but don't want to use any more fat, I'll add some Balsamic Vinaigrette from Bolthouse or Trader Joes.  Both have no fat.

Nutrition

Calories: 475kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 41gFat: 21gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 518mgFiber: 5gSugar: 16g
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