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Fourth of July Fruit Platter

This post is particularly special to me because it was a year ago on Fourth of July that I was flying home from an incredible trip to Turkey where I learned about how amazing feta and watermelon can be together. Not only is this recipe cute, but it is healthy compared to many of the patriotic treats that are bound to be around AND super easy if you are strapped for time. Feel free to sprinkle with some mint or basil for an added touch. I’ll be wishing a happy Fourth to you and yours from Portland!… 

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Top 7 Summer Salads

As we move from Spring towards Summer, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Summer salads. These are a perfect starter or a side dish for those hot summer nights. Click on the link below the photo to take you to the recipe.

Corn, Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Salad

Corn, Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Salad

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Tabbouleh (cracked wheat salad)

Arugula Salad with Peaches

Arugula Salad with Peaches and Goat Cheese

Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Watermelon with Feta and Mint

Watermelon with Feta and Mint

Caesar Dressing

Homemade Caesar

Watermelon with Feta and Mint

Watermelon with Feta and MintI am just returning from Turkey and there is no real way to describe how amazing the food was! I will be attempting some recipes in the future… But for now, one of the things that really caught my attention is that they often serve melon with cheese before and/or after a meal. It is incredibly simple and very refreshing, especially in the summer months.Also, I have always loved eating fruit with a fork and knife! I added my own touch by putting mint into the equation, so I hope you enjoy this refreshing summer treat.  You’ll definitely be seeing some other renditions of the fruit + cheese combination in the future.

Watermelon with Feta and Mint
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Serves: 2
  • 3 cups chilled watermelon, sliced
  • 3 oz feta cheese, sliced
  • Mint leaves
  • Lime (optional)
  1. Layer watermelon and cheese on a plate.
  2. Top with mint leaves and top with a squeeze of lime juice if using.

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Watermelon Baby Carriage

Watermelon Baby CarraigeThat time has come. I’ve gone from shopping for dresses to wear to weddings to shopping for dresses to wear to baby showers…. Earlier this year, I attended a pot luck baby shower for my dear friend and as I am sure you can imagine, got very excited about the what I could bring to this event. Well this is a simple, healthy and adorable dish you can make next time you attend or host a baby shower. Enjoy little ones!

Watermelon Baby Carriage
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Serves: 15-20
  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 5 toothpicks
  • 4 orange slices
  • 4 lime slices
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, divided
  • 1 medium cantaloupe, cut into balls
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes
  • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
  1. With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from bottom of melon it sits flat. Lightly score a horizontal line halfway up sides and around the melon, leaving 5 in. from one end unmarked on each side for baby carriage hood.
  2. For hood, make another line around top of watermelon, connecting both sides of the horizontal line. Using the rounded edge of a biscuit cutter as a guide, mark a scalloped edge along all straight lines. (Can also just do straight edge here). With a long sharp knife, cut into melon along the scalloped lines, making sure to cut all the way through the melon rind. Gently pull off rind. Remove fruit from melon and removed section; cut fruit into balls or cubes and set aside.
  3. For the U-shaped handle, cut out a 5-in. square from the removed section of rind. Cut out the center and one end, leaving a 1-in.-wide handle. Break one toothpick in half. Attach handle to watermelon with toothpick halves.
  4. For wheels, position orange slices at base of watermelon and attach with toothpicks. To each orange slice with a lime slice and a red grape.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the cantaloupe, green grapes, strawberries, remaining red grapes and reserved watermelon. Spoon into baby carriage.

Serving Suggestion: Use any fruit of your choice!

Thanks Taste of Home for the idea!