our amazing and talented friends juan and farra helped with the food for lou’s birthday party (god i love them!). and when i was in panic mode and couldn’t come up with an idea for a salad to serve with tacos they suggested a watermelon, watercress, pepita and cotija salad with a lime cilantro vinaigrette. genius, right? i left out the cotija to keep it dairy free but it’s amazing with or without. light, refreshing, healthy, full of flavor and so easy to throw together! what else could you want from a summer salad? hope you love as much as i do. more after the jump! xx- sarah
1 bunch watercress
2 cups cubed watermelon
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/8 cup grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon maple syrup
– if possible make the dressing in advance by combining the grapeseed oil, lime juice, sea salt, cilantro, and maple syrup. i added one extra solid pinch of salt at the end too, but taste and season to your preference!
– rinse and dry the watercress, combine in a large serving bowl with the watermelon and toss with the dressing.
– in a skillet toast the pepitas over medium heat with the juice of 1/2 lime and a solid pinch of salt
– add pepitas to salad and serve!