Tuesday 14 July 2015

Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese and Toasted beat the summer heat!!

Its hot, its muggy and really oppressive!! The weather recently has been behaving really badly. 
With the temperatures rising to almost 100 F, the heat has become unbearable. One step outside and it feels as if you could easily melt away under the glare of the scorching sun. In addition to guzzling down gallons of water to quench your thirst you feel like eating light food that doesn't leave you feeling heavy and drowsy. 
This refreshing Watermelon Salad with Feta cheese is the perfect solution to beat the summer heat. It is light, delicious and extremely refreshing. I also sprinkled some toasted almonds on top of the salad as I feel apart from raising the health quotient, the almonds lend a lovely crunch and add texture to the salad, which I just love. You can get more info about the great benefits of almond on your health here.
In addition to being eaten raw, almonds are a wonderful addition to your food. I add them all the time to my salads and baking. 
Did you know that almonds are high in mono-saturated fats (also found in olive oil) which has also been associated with reducing the risk of heart disease? Just a handful of nuts can pack quite a powerful punch. According to a survey, almonds contains the most fiber compared to other nuts and are richest in Vitamin-E. They are also really beneficial for people suffering from blood sugar as it helps to lower LDL cholesterol in the body and also help control the blood glucose levels. 
Let me also let you in another secret, according to one study by International Journal of Obesity, eating a handful of nuts daily may even help you slip into those skinny jeans!! Rich in fiber and protein, snacking on just a handful of nuts would help you feeling full and satisfied for a longer time so you would not have the urge to overeat.
So remember next time hunger pangs attack you, just go nuts!!.

5 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 11/4-inch chunks
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tsp salt
11/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped finely
1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

Sprinkle the watermelon with 1 tsp salt and toss to blend; let stand for 15 minutes.
Add in the olive oil, vinegar and mint to the watermelon.
Season to taste with pepper and more salt with required.
Sprinkle with feta cheese and toasted almonds.
Serve chilled.

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