I feel like I’m becoming more and more intentional about healthy eating these days. Having a child will do that to you, at least, that’s my excuse. Don’t get me wrong, I feel I’ve always done a good job with my diet. Of course, there’s the occasional baked good or cocktail (oh heyyy Negroni Week!!) however, you’ll find virtually no processed foods in our house. Still, it’s impossible for me not to obsess over passing along healthy eating habits to Fiona. No more week-long burrito binges. No more pizza for breakfast. The ritual of cooking and eating a family meal has become particularly significant. It’s amazing to see just how excited she gets when helping Audrey and I assemble dinner. She hasn’t quite earned her sous chef status, but she can sure work the line. Recently, we’ve been all about throwing together abundant, seasonal salads – preferably with some grains or proteins in the mix. This particular salad was inspired by a recent trip to sweetgreen here in Berkeley. I have always obsessed over watermelon salads, but I also like the idea that the watermelon doesn’t have to be showcased on its own. Why not add a bit of fresh, juicy watermelon into some fresh greens and such? Yeah, I’m hooked. Fiona is too.

Early summer salad with kale, arugula, watermelon and farro | HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Early summer salad with kale, arugula, watermelon and farro | HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Early summer salad with kale, arugula, watermelon and farro | HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

Early summer salad with kale, arugula, watermelon and farro | HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

EARLY SUMMER SALAD

  (serves 2-4)

Ingredients:

   For the salad

  • 1 cup farro, cooked
  • 1/2 cup English cucumber, halved + sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 4 stalks kale, stems removed + finely chopped
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 2 sprigs mint, stems removed
  • 1/4 cup spiced sunflower seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 lime

   For the dressing

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

   For the spiced sunflower seeds

  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • pinch of chile powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

   For the spiced sunflower seeds

  • Use a few drops of water to lightly wet the raw sunflower seeds and spread them out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the spices on the seeds and place in the oven at 325°F oven for ~10 minutes. Let cool.

   For the dressing

  • Whisk together vinegar, green onion, and sugar. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, continuing to whisk. Add salt and pepper to taste.

   For the salad

  • In a bowl, coat the watermelon with lime juice, then combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing as desired (you will probably have dressing left over). Store leftover dressing in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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