Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Outer Banks-inspired Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette is bright and flavorful!

Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette — a lovely new way to enjoy summer melons. (via feastandwest.com)

Disclosure: Thank you to The Outer Banks of North Carolina for inviting me on this amazing trip. All opinions written are 100% my own. I’m so grateful for opportunities like this. I only work with brands I know and love, and I thank you for supporting them!

Happy July 4! I like to think this day is the unofficial National Watermelon Day. The official one isn’t until August 3, but there is no better day to be eating slices of sweet, succulent watermelon.

After visiting The Outer Banks of North Carolina last month, I have been craving the most wonderful watermelon dish I tried at Kimball’s Kitchen, one of the restaurants in the lovely Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C. 

Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette — a lovely new way to enjoy summer melons. (via feastandwest.com)

I spent an afternoon there with the food & beverage director to sample the menus of the Sandbar and Kimball’s Kitchen.

Sanderling Resort
Kimball’s Kitchen

The bartender made me three of his favorite cocktails from the bar’s signature cocktail menu — a Sunset Spritzer (Aperol + Prosecco + burnt orange), a Passionate Lady (vodka + Chambord + pineapple) and a French 75 (Hendrick’s gin + champagne + lemon).

Sanderling Resort
French 75
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The Passionate Lady
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Sunset Spritzer

So good! It was such a treat to get to enjoy these cocktails and chat with the bartender about his favorite spirits, his experience as a bartender in New York and how much he enjoys spending his summers in the Outer Banks to tend bar at Kimball’s Kitchen.

Next, I got to try the most stunning two dishes from the summer 2016 menu.

The first is the stunning Currituck Melon Salad and then a dessert of berries, dark and white chocolate cake and truffles.

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Currituck Melon Salad
Take a road trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina! (via feastandwest.com)
Chocolate dessert at Kimball’s Kitchen

Everything I tasted at The Sanderling was so delicious! I definitely want to come back to Kimball’s Kitchen next time I’m in the Outer Banks.

It’s open from May to October, so if you’re headed that way this summer, definitely make a reservation here. And check out all the other stops my friends and I made on our road trip to the Outer Banks!

Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette — a lovely new way to enjoy summer melons. (via feastandwest.com)

Now that watermelons abound at my local farmers’ market, I had to recreate that melon salad!

The one at Kimball’s Kitchen had layers of flavor — juicy watermelon and honeydew, crisp arugula, sharp stilton cheese and a drizzle of white truffle vinaigrette.

Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette — a lovely new way to enjoy summer melons. (via feastandwest.com)

I made my version of it into more of a side salad, with more greens, more melon and more cheese.

And I added a few slices of radish for an extra bite. I also skipped the truffle oil in the vinaigrette and went for my favorite balsamic instead.

Perfect for summer lunches! 

This Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette is definitely a salad with which to impress your friends. Enjoy! // susannah 

Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette — a lovely new way to enjoy summer melons. (via feastandwest.com)
Watermelon Blue Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette — a lovely new way to enjoy summer melons. (via feastandwest.com)

Watermelon Bleu Cheese Salad with Creamy Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 side salads
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A succulent, melon salad that tastes like summer. Perfect for a side dish or first course to a delicious summer meal!

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 4 cups mixed greens, washed and dried
  • 1/2 watermelon, cut into squares
  • 1/2 honeydew melon, cut into squares
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces bleu cheese, crumbled
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup vinaigrette, to taste

For the vinaigrette

  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar or white truffle oil
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place greens on four salad plates. Add watermelon and honeydew squares and top with radish slices. Crumble the bleu cheese over top.
  2. For the vinaigrette, place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk together until combined.
  3. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 salad
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 662mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 8g

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