19 August 2011

50 Women Game Changers in Food - Patricia Wells - Watermelon and Feta Salad


Another favorite post run, summertime salad, and this time it is attributed to the great Patricia Wells.  Ironically, I've been making this salad a while, the first time I saw it was in a Runner's World magazine last summer.  It was not until more recently that I looked at the attribute and realized this was one of Patricia's creations.


This time of year, the watermelon is coming in like crazy at the farmers markets.  There are many health benefits from eating it since it contains some fantastic antioxidants. Interestingly enough, after watching a few television interviews, Patricia has mentioned that she really enjoys running (a woman after my own heart) and tries to run 5 miles every day.

Rock on Patricia!


The Shopping List:

  • 2 pounds watermelon, rind removed
  • 1 cup Greek feta cheese, crumbled 
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup mixed baby greens
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or lemon oil 

The Method:

Begin by cutting the watermelon into large pieces.  Divide by four and put an equal amount on each of the plates. Mix in the feta cheese, mint, and greens on top of each watermelon serving dividing the portions equally once again.

Next up is the dressing.  In a small container, mix the sea salt and lemon juice until thoroughly blended.  Pour in the oil and mix once again.  Drizzle the dressing over top of each of the salad portions.

Simple, easy, and delightful.

Please check out these other rock star bloggers who are paying tribute to Patricia Wells this week.

Val - More Than Burnt Toast
Joanne - Eats Well With Others
Taryn - Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan - The Spice Garden
Claudia - A Seasonal Cook in Turkey
Heather - girlichef
Miranda - Mangoes and Chutney
Jeanette - Healthy Living
April - Abby Sweets
Katie - Making Michael Pollan Proud
Mary - One Perfect Bite
Kathleen -Bake Away with Me
Viola - The Life is Good Kitchen
Sue - The View from Great Island
Barbara - Movable Feasts
Kathleen - Gonna Want Seconds



  1. This is a very refreshing summer salad. A perfect choice!!

  2. Wow! What a beautiful salad! Colors and combination of flavours are perfect for these 'dog days' - It's nice to see a new face joining the 50 Women blogshare!

  3. This salad looks like summer on a plate! The colors are glorious. Welcome to the group!

  4. Well, I admire anybody who likes to run (since I loathe it)...and this salad definitely screams SUMMER! Lovely choice. =)

  5. The feta looks great! I've seen watermelon with goat cheese, so this should be tasty as well!

  6. What a wonderful summer salad. Tour photos of this dish are spectacular. I'm so glad you've joined our group. You are a great addition to the group. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. Beautifully done - perfect choice for summer.

  8. This is one of my favorite salads -gorgeous photos to showcase this recipe from Patricia Wells.

  9. This looks like such a wonderful summer salad! Feta, with it's saltiness, sounds like a great addition to the watermelon! Great choice!

  10. Awesome salad. I wouldn't have thought to pair watermelon with feta.

  11. I LOVE Runner's World! I must have missed this one! Thanks for the recipe and your pics look amazing!

  12. This salad sounds fantastic and so, so fresh! What an interesting combination!

  13. This one looks so refreshing.I think will make this today and thanks for sharing.

  14. I love this series...and I have to say - this salad is amazing! Yours is particularly beautiful!

  15. This looks like the perfect Summer salad: light, refreshing, and full of bright flavors!

  16. This looks like the perfect Summer salad: light, refreshing, and full of bright flavors!

  17. This looks like the perfect Summer salad: light, refreshing, and full of bright flavors!

  18. Whoops, I think I just licked my computer screen! I love watermelon salad (watermelon everything actually) and this looks amazing. I love the color and the sweet fruit/mildly bitter greens combo.

  19. I have never heard of Patricia Wells (I should probably be ashamed...). Thanks for the sunny, Summer salad idea!