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New Take on a Summer BBQ Side Dish – Watermelon With Feta


It’s officially Summer in Southern California and with the Fourth of July moments away, that means it is also backyard barbecue season! You’ve got your usual suspects hitting the grill such as your burgers, and hot dogs, but what about the sides? I’m always on the look out for something yummy, healthy, and doesn’t have mayo or is super processed. Gotta watch my pinup girl figure, you know ;-)

One of ‘s favorite things to do is to just slice a watermelon into chunks, but this recipe I found puts a nice upgraded spin on it. It might even be fancy enough to have on one of your many mid-Summer date nights.


Small watermelon, preferably seedless (1 whole)
Basil leaves, chopped (3 leaves)
Feta or goat cheese, crumbled (1 C.)
White balsamic vinegar (3 tbl.)
Champagne vinegar (3 tbl.)
Extra virgin olive oil (¼ C.)
Salt (½ tsp.)
Freshly ground pepper (½ tsp.)



Step 1: Slice the watermelon into half-inch wedges

Step 2: Fan the wedges out on a tray in rows with the watermelon “flesh” exposed

Step 3: Sprinkle the vinegars and oil onto the watermelon, one at a time

Step 4: Crumble the cheese and sprinkle onto the watermelon

Step 5: Sprinkle salt and pepper

Step 6: Stack the basil leaves, roll tightly and slice thinly

Step 7: Garnish with basil leaves

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Since 2007, has been an entertainment and lifestyle blog written by Cari Bee. It reaches hundreds of thousands of readers from all walks of life, locally and nationally, and is part of the Blog Her Publishing Network, Single Edition Media, and Technorati Media. Cari has also had work appear for Daily Stab, Celebrity VIP Lounge and She was also part of the panel discussion Table For One on being a single and childfree blogger at BlogHer12 in New York City.


  1. what a way to ruin a melon!

  2. Annemarie says:

    What a way to ruin feta, I hate watermelon!

  3. What are you talking about Annemarie & Jody it looks delish!! yum!

  4. Now that is interesting, never thought of it, but would definitely try it.

  5. Love feta and watermelon, would never have thought to put them together!

  6. |My favorite fruit and cheese. <3

  7. Yes to watermelon, no to feta.