Recipe: Watermelon salad with basil and bacon

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2D

Prep time: 10 minutes (not counting time to cook bacon)

Serves 6

Any fresh melon will work in this salad – you're going for a sweet-salty contrast. If strawberries aren't available, substitute grapes or blueberries.

Recipe from the Associated Press.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups cut watermelon

2 cups quartered fresh strawberries

2 green apples, cored and diced

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

6 slices cooked and cooled bacon, crumbled

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, strawberries and apples.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Drizzle the mixture over the fruit, then gently toss to combine. Scatter the bacon and basil over the salad. Serve immediately at room temperature.

Per serving: 214 calories; 115 calories from fat; 13 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 355 mg sodium.

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