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Watermelon Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad

July 11, 2017

A refreshing and light summer recipe for Watermelon Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad that can be enjoyed as an easy side or a hearty main dish!

A refreshing and light summer recipe for Watermelon Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad that can be enjoyed as an easy side or a hearty main dish!

I’m often asked what kind of recipes I share on the blog. Are they vegan, gluten-free, paleo? I always have a hard time answering these questions, because most of my recipes are all of these things and none of these things. It’s hard explaining to people who don’t know much about you that you don’t subscribe to a particular diet and instead focus on whole, nourishing foods.

Of course I wish that this kind of response was more conventional, but instead I usually reply with something incredibly inarticulate like “ohhhh I don’t know…the hippie organic kind?!”

But it’s true. While I don’t label my diet at all, when it comes to the kinds of foods I fill my house with, I’d say that ensuring the products are organic is my #1 priority.

It’s important to me that the foods we eat are not laden with pesticides or growth-hormones that could compromise the quality of the food. I personally prefer to eat my whole foods without a side of DDT. We actually talked about the health benefits, both for our bodies and the planet in Episode 24 of the podcast with Daniel Klein from The Perennial Plate.

A refreshing and light summer recipe for Watermelon Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad that can be enjoyed as an easy side or a hearty main dish!

Of course, I can’t always be 100% in control of everything I eat (nor do I want to be), but if it’s in our home and I’m purchasing it with my money, we go organic. Which brings us to the topic of money…

A few weeks ago C put together a family budget for us to see where most of our expenses are going. Not surprisingly, the biggest subgroup was food. Now, my food budget will always be higher than most as I’m cooking and testing recipes for the blog, but we both agreed that we’d gotten a bit too lenient when it came to our food spending. It was time to shape up.

Fortunately, I wrote a post about food shopping on a budget last year, so it was less about learning how to do it and more about actually following my own rules! Things like eating less meat and scouting for coupons are actually things I enjoy, making it easier for us to save money, without making huge sacrifices.

But that’s the thing about organics, by nature of the fact that they don’t have pesticides helping them to grow and are subject to a lot more environmental effects, it is more expensive to grow them and therefore more expensive to buy. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop buying organic food, but instead I just need to be a bit more strategic about it.

A refreshing and light summer recipe for Watermelon Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad that can be enjoyed as an easy side or a hearty main dish!

It was perfect timing when Kroger Family of Stores reached out to let me know that from July 9th-26th they are having a sale on organic items with over $100 in digital coupon savings! That is HUGE, friends. They actually have a great selection of organic items and on top of already being well-priced, the digital coupons they are offering are making some products even cheaper than conventional. So if the health benefits of organics don’t convince you, maybe the prices will!

Brands like Bob’s Red Mill have discount coupons available making them an awesome value when planning out your menu for the week…or you know…for making this Watermelon Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad, perhaps??? You can check out the whole selection of discounts HERE.

You guys know I’m not preachy and at the end of the day I want you to make the decisions for your health that feel right for you, but if there’s one choice I encourage you to make, it’s to try to purchase more organic options. It’s good for your health, the health of your family and the health of the planet. And for the next three weeks Kroger Family of Stores is actually making it cheaper!

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Watermelon Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad

PREP TIME 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked bob's red mill white quinoa
  • 4 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 cup organic feta cheese crumbles
  • optional: 1/4 cup bob's red mill almonds, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, or more to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package instructions. Once cooked, remove from pot and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl combine quinoa, watermelon, mint, and feta cheese. Stir to combine.
  3. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Top with chopped almonds, if using.
  5. Enjoy as a main or side dish.
  6. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to one week.

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A refreshing and light summer recipe for Watermelon Feta and Mint Quinoa Salad that can be enjoyed as an easy side or a hearty main dish!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

 Do you eat organic? What are your food budget saving tips?

  • Reply
    Lara
    July 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I love the mint quinoa salad. I have saved to Pinterest so that i can try it later. Thanks for sharing.
    Lara recently posted…815 Sq. Ft. Small House Cabin Plan (No Loft)

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    Sara
    July 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I’ve always done watermelon, mint & feta – but I LOVE the addition of the quinoa and almonds!
    Sara recently posted…24 Healthy Side Dishes to Make for Your Next Summer Barbecue

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    jordan @ dancing for donuts
    July 12, 2017 at 12:08 am

    omg YES. to. this. i’m absolutely obsessed with watermelon and recently tried it in a side salad with feta – SO good!!! love that you added quinoa to make this more substantial and that mint?! GENIUS. thanks for sharing your recipe!! p.s. your podcast gives me life and literally makes my commute 1000x more enjoyable <3

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    nipun
    July 12, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I have saved this post and wil surely try it in 2-3 days. ThankYou

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    Ushmana Rai
    August 11, 2017 at 7:49 am

    I’ve heard that watermelon and cheese (not just feta) is very popular among Bulgarians, who also add some bread to this weird mix. Still, quinoa salad and these two ingredients make a very interesting combination, which I’m willing to give a try! 🙂
    Ushmana Rai recently posted…Vitamix 6300 Vs 7500 – Which Blender Should You Buy?

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    laxante
    September 7, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Organic food is really good because you connect more with nature…it sounds like mystical but it´s true. Also when you have an equilibrated diet it´s good in your health and makes you to be happier because you produce endorfins. Good and flavorfull recipe

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