Monday, December 19, 2011

Fig, Feta and Watermelon Salad | Secret Recipe Club


If you have not heard about the Secret Recipe Club, then you are missing out on a fun online cooking club. The idea is that you are paired with a food blogger that you do not know; you select a recipe from their blog, make it and then post it on the reveal day. It is so much fun sees the person who picked a recipe from your blog and how they interpreted it to be their own. To learn more about how to get involved, check out the Secret Recipe Club.

I want to give special kudos to Angela, who is our hostess for Group C - she really helped me out this month!  Thank you Angela!  If you have not visited her site, Big Bears Wife, check it out - you are in for a treat!!




This month I was assigned to Allison from Alli n Son. Allison has a two year old son and is a self proclaimed OCD momma. I can certainly identify with the OCD part, but the only child I have is my four legged furry child named Max. She is an aspiring photographer, gourmet home chef and super creative. This certainly holds true when you browse through her blog.



{ Max who is our 12 year Lhasa Apso }

Quite a few of the recipe looked mouth watering, but one was quite appealing – Watermelon, Feta, Red Onion and Olive Salad. Surprizing enough, small watermelons are still available in one of my markets along with fresh figs. The season should well be over, but living in California, I guess we are blessed with wonderful produce.




















The combination of sweet, spicy and tangy cheese is a party for your mouth. I love the colors and textures of this salad. This is a perfect salad for your next dinner party or just sitting in front of the television watching your favorite movie.

Fig, Feta and Watermelon Salad

6 C. Arugula
4 to 6 figs cut into quarters
1 C. Watermelon, one inch cubes
¼ C. Red onion, sliced thin
1/3 C. Feta cheese, crumbled
6 mint leaves, chiffonade

Balsamic Dressing

2 T. Balsamic vinegar
6 T. Olive oil
2 t. Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a small glass jar with lid and shake well until combined

To assemble, add all of the salad ingredients and toss lightly with the dressing. I put the ingredients onto separate plates and then drizzled the dressing for a beautiful presentation. Enjoy!!






















28 comments:

  1. I love that you added figs to this salad. Your photos are beautiful. Happ SRC day!

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  2. Good choice, Lisa...this salad looks AMAZING!

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  3. Beautiful salad! Great choice for SRC :)

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  4. Oh my. This is a recipe after my own heart! I'm fairly new to figs, but I'm seeing them in the farmers markets all the time. I wasn't totally sure if you need to peel them or not, but your pics show them just cut into quarters. I can do that!! And I'll admit to a bit of an arugula obsession currently, so this one is right up my alley. Thanks!! LOVE IT!!

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  5. PS... for got to say how adorable that pup is!! Looks like my guys!!

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  6. What a gorgeous recipe. I absolutely adore figs! And your pictures are just stunning! : )

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  7. Gorgeous photos! I haven't seen a salad with these flavor combinations before, but your presentation looks really nice

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  8. Balsamic and watermelon (and feta) is a winning combination in my book! Great post.

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  9. I have never had figs. I think I need to broaden my horizons. What a beautiful salad. Have a Happy Holiday Season.

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  10. What a great salad! One of my friends makes something similar with halloumi but this sounds even better!

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  11. What a beautiful salad! I'm saving this recipe for next summer when figs are in season. Lovely choice for the SRC.

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  12. I tried figs for the first time this year and was hooked! Too bad I live in Michigan, and it's way out of season here. I'll definitely be making this when I can get my hands on some figs and watermelon :)

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  13. That is one gorgeous salad. Beautiful pics and nice contrasting flavors.

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  14. My what a gorgeous salad! I love the beautiful colors and I can only imagine how wonderful they must taste together. SRC is such a blast, isn't it?

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  15. Beautiful picture! This salad screams summer to me and I could use a little dose of summer right about now!

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  16. This salad looks so beautiful. I would be happy to sit down to that in a restaurant.

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  17. Fantastic! I've made feta and watermelon but I'd never thought of adding figs. Now I will! So glad to be in SRC with you :-)

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  18. I just recently started using figs myself, and they are amazing in salads. Would love to try this combination!

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  19. Lisa, LOVE your top photo...just gorgeous!!! Great SRC pick...and perfect for this sweet heavy holiday season!

    PS...your baby is adorable :)

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  20. Fresh and delicious looking recipe! Also, can't get over how cute your dogs expression is! :)

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  21. A delightful and delicious salad! Hi Max

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  22. Lucky, haven't seen figs over here. I wish I could have gotten out your way and brought you some cookies. Do you think it would feel more like Christmas if we had snow? lol Wishing you the hubs and Max Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    -Gina-

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  23. I think I left you a duplicate comment, the stress must be starting to get to me, lol.

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  24. Beautiful salad Lisa, love your photos too!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year;-)

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