By Dr. Janet Brill
No Summer is complete without a nice juicy piece of watermelon. It is not surprising that watermelon is composed of about 90% water, creating the crisp texture with every bite. Yes, watermelon is the perfect summer treat to quench our thirst on hot days and satisfy our sweet tooth.
Watermelon also gives you a nutritious bang for your bite—it contains a nice amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, and the nutrient lycopene, which gives watermelon its red pigment and decreases inflammation. 1 cup of watermelon yields a mere 46 calories and counts as 1 serving of the recommended 2 servings of fruit per day.
As much as watermelon tastes amazing by itself, it also adds the perfect amount of sweetness, color, and texture to a salad. In fact, watermelon and feta is a match made in heaven with a flavorful sweet and salty combination.
Check out this low cholesterol recipe of watermelon feta salad:
Watermelon Feta Salad
Top your salad off with 2 Tablespoons of white wine vinegar and cracked black pepper to compliment the sweet watermelon juice without adding a large amount of calories and fat.
Yields: 2 servings
• 4 cup of red lettuce
• ¼ cup of crumbled feta
• 2 cups of watermelon, cubed
• ¼ of red onion, sliced
• ½ cup of yellow tomatoes, sliced in half
• ½ cup of cucumber, chopped
• 4 Tablespoons of white wine vinaigrette
• 1 tsp of cracked black pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Serve salad immediately.
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories: 128 kcal, Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 13 mg, Carbohydrate: 18 g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Protein: 6 g, Sodium: 222g