Watermelon Yogurt Summer Salad

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Need a guilt-free, low-maintenance salad that will help combat the summer heat? This Israeli watermelon yogurt summer salad has a refreshing quality that is sweet and savory. Its taste is as welcome at the breakfast table as it is at a backyard cookout.

 

This refreshing Israeli Watermelon Yogurt Summer Salad with rosemary, crushed pepper flakes, poppy seeds, and mintis a little sweet, a little savory, little tart, and a whole lot delicious. | allthatsjas.com | #summer #salad #glutenfree #vegetarian #easy #fast #recipes #reicpeofthemonth #healthy #nutritios #potlucks #party #holidays

 

WATERMELON is to summer as pasta is to Italy. “It’s a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face.” – Enrico Caruso. Must be the reason our moms brought watermelons to every picnic and a poolside.  I’m sure it’s the only food we were allowed to eat to the point of getting a stomach-ache.

 

Not me, though. The anorexic child here never cared for watermelons much. It was in spite of you eat, you drink, you wash your face. Too juicy for eating, too chunky for drinking, and don’t even get me started on trying to get to the rind without getting your face “washed”. No, thank you.

 

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But suddenly I grew up and discovered new ways to enjoy everyone’s favorite summer fruit. Like this salad from Israel with yogurt and fried rosemary that is a far cry from the plain fruit of CHILDHOOD but still sophisticated in its simplicity.

 

It caught me by surprise how receptive my taste buds were to this grown-up version of watermelon, although you didn’t need to twist my arm to try the watermelon sangria and infused pizza.

 

Most watermelon salad recipes incorporate feta, but you won’t miss it in this version. The ingredients here don’t compete with each other but are rather complementary. This innovative combination is a little sweet, a little savory, little tart, and a whole lot delicious!

 

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT WATERMELON

 

  • Choose a watermelon that feels heavy for its size.
  • The best watermelons are average-sized. Don’t go for too small or too big, but just right.
  • Look for creamy-yellow or orange-yellow field spot (field spot is the area where the watermelon rested on the ground). Avoid the white field spot.
  • The webbing of a watermelon indicates the number of times that bees touched the flower. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon is.
  • The boy watermelons are more watery, while the girl watermelons are sweeter. The ‘boy’ watermelons are taller and more elongated, while the “girl” watermelons are more round and stout.
  • Go for the watermelons that have dried tails for the best taste. A green tail indicates that it was picked too soon and will not taste as good.

 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO ENJOY WATERMELON?

Israeli Watermelon Yogurt Summer Salad

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This refreshing Israeli Watermelon Yogurt Summer Salad with rosemary, crushed pepper flakes, poppy seeds, and mintis a little sweet, a little savory, little tart, and a whole lot delicious. | allthatsjas.com | #summer #salad #glutenfree #vegetarian #easy #fast #recipes #reicpeofthemonth #healthy #nutritios #potlucks #party #holidays

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4

  • 3 pounds seedless watermelon, diced
  • 4 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • one sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Toss together the watermelon and grapefruit juice in a large bowl. Season with salt.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the rosemary sprig and sauté until crisp, about 30 seconds. Drain on paper towel. Reserve the oil.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and honey. Spread the yogurt mixture onto a serving platter. Top with watermelon and drizzle with reserved oil.
  4. Crumble the fried rosemary leaves over the watermelon and sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, poppy seeds, and mint leaves if using. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

This refreshing Israeli Watermelon Yogurt Summer Salad with rosemary, crushed pepper flakes, poppy seeds, and mintis a little sweet, a little savory, little tart, and a whole lot delicious. | allthatsjas.com | #summer #salad #glutenfree #vegetarian #easy #fast #recipes #reicpeofthemonth #healthy #nutritios #potlucks #party #holidays

This refreshing Israeli Watermelon Yogurt Summer Salad with rosemary, crushed pepper flakes, poppy seeds, and mintis a little sweet, a little savory, little tart, and a whole lot delicious. | allthatsjas.com | #summer #salad #glutenfree #vegetarian #easy #fast #recipes #reicpeofthemonth #healthy #nutritios #potlucks #party #holidays

 

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This refreshing Israeli Watermelon Yogurt Summer Salad with rosemary, crushed pepper flakes, poppy seeds, and mintis a little sweet, a little savory, little tart, and a whole lot delicious. | allthatsjas.com | #summer #salad #glutenfree #vegetarian #easy #fast #recipes #reicpeofthemonth #healthy #nutritios #potlucks #party #holidays
Watermelon and Yogurt Summer Salad Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Refreshing and nutritious summer salad with watermelon, yogurt, and rosemary is fast, easy, and a definite crowd pleaser.
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Israeli
Keyword: gluten free
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds seedless watermelon diced
  • 4 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • one sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves optional
Instructions
  1. Toss together the watermelon and grapefruit juice in a large bowl. Season with salt.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the rosemary sprig and sauté until crisp, about 30 seconds. Drain on paper towel. Reserve the oil.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and honey. Spread the yogurt mixture onto a serving platter. Top with watermelon and drizzle with reserved oil.
  4. Crumble the fried rosemary leaves over the watermelon and sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, poppy seeds, and mint leaves if using. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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19 Comment

  1. Reply
    susan
    June 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Well, I do love watermelon, and I never knew there were boy and girl ones! I printed out the salad recipe and can’t wait to try it out!

  2. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    June 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve grown watermelons in my flower garden to fill spaces a time or two – they were adorably round buy not quite as big as a soccer ball. A very traditional Mennonite dish we have in the summer is watermelon with rollkuken – it is not really summer until we eat this family meal together.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      I would never think to put those two together, but I bet they work!

  3. Reply
    The Girl Next Door
    June 18, 2018 at 2:12 am

    The watermelon-rosemary-grapefruit juice-yogurt combination sounds irrestible!
    Great recipe! 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 18, 2018 at 9:02 am

      Thank you much! 🙂

  4. Reply
    Debrashoppeno5
    June 18, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    This sounds so refreshing. I can’t have grapefruit juice. What do you suggest as a substitute?

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 19, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Hi, Debra! Any citrus would do. I think the mandarin orange would be a great substitute. 🙂

  5. Reply
    Jann Olson
    June 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Jas, if it’s a good watermelon I love it any way I can get it! And yes, I don’t even mind getting my face dirty. 🙂 This sounds so delicious and refreshing! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Or you get your face “washed”, lol. Thanks, Jann! Hugs

  6. Reply
    candy
    June 21, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Love this ideas and will use my homemade yogurt. Found you on Bloggers Pit Stop.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Mmm, homemade yogurt sounds even better! Thanks for stopping in, Candy!

  7. Ooooo this is a fabulous recipe! Thanks I’ll book mark this one xx

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you, Maria! I’m glad you like it 🙂

  8. Reply
    Snap
    June 22, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I love watermelon and yogurt! I printed the recipe. Thanks!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 24, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀

  9. Reply
    Karren Haller
    June 23, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I have been hungry for watermelon and the combination of ingredients sounds refreshing. never thought of adding to yogurt.
    Thank you for sharing on Oh my Heartsie GIrls WW this week, hope to see you again soon!
    Pinned to share!!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Karren

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 24, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you, dear Karren! Have a wonderful week!

  10. Reply
    Miz Helen
    June 26, 2018 at 11:38 am

    This is a delicious recipe for our favorite summertime watermelon! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 26, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you for your 5-star reviews, Miz Helen! Much appreciated. 😀

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