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Cucumber Watermelon Feta Rubik’s Salad

with a Maple Ginger Champagne Vinaigrette

Cucumber Watermelon Feta Rubik's Cube Salad with Maple Ginger Champagne Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #watermelon #RubiksCube #puzzle #salad

My life is not orderly. It is altogether messy and frantic, panicked and worrisome at times, yet also peaceful and quiet. I find peace in the quiet beauty of our forest and flowers, laughter and ease with my friends at the yoga studio, comfort in the routine, scents and flavors of my kitchen. My kitchen I try to keep in order, but it gets away from me too. Dishes pile up and I make horrendous messes when I’m in creative mode.

The idea of a cubic salad appealed to that orderly side that is so rarely seen in my life. On top of that it was a bit of a challenge: could I manage to cut cubes of watermelon and cucumber and feta cheese so perfectly that I could stack them like a Rubik’s cube? Arranging things on a plate is not hard, but cutting in a straight line, now THAT’S a challenge. As you can see, I didn’t get all the lines quite right, but I was so proud of my little cube of a salad when it was done that I took it in to show my teenage daughter. She was surprised, and disagreed with me that it could be called a salad. But of course it’s a salad! It’s all vegetable and fruit and cheese … what else would you call it?

Cucumber Watermelon Feta Rubik’s Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: as many as you like!

Cucumber Watermelon Feta Rubik’s Salad

Ingredients

    For the champagne vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon or so of fresh grated ginger root
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • Watermelon
  • English cucumber
  • Feta cheese block
  • Mint Leaves & edible flowers, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette except the olive oil. While whisking, drizzle the olive oil in a thin stream into the dressing.
  2. Cut the watermelon, cucumber, and feta cheese into equal size cubes about 3/4 inch thick. I started with the watermelon and once I had a nice cube about the right size, I used that as a measuring device to get the rest of the cubes the same size.
  3. Arrange the cubes into a 9x9 inch square, interchanging watermelon, cucumber and feta (using more watermelon than the other two). Add two more squares of nine cubes on top of that square.
  4. Whisk the vinaigrette a bit and drizzle over top. Garnish with mint leaves and/or edible flowers.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Cucumber Watermelon Feta Rubik's Cube Salad with Maple Ginger Champagne Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #watermelon #RubiksCube #puzzle #salad

This recipe was shared at Treasure Box TuesdayTasty TuesdaysWonderfully Creative Wednesdays, Cast Party WednesdayThursday Favorite Things, Let’s Get Real Friday, The Weekend RetreatMoonlight & Mason Jars and The Gathering Spot.

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11 Responses

  1. What a unique idea, sharing.

    July 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Joyce :)

      July 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

  2. I love this, Ann! It looks so cool and I bet it tastes pretty good, too!! Pinning! :)

    July 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm

  3. Gorgeous! I love this fun salad! :)

    July 25, 2014 at 9:09 am

  4. this is so festive and fabulous for a summer barbecue.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

    July 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

  5. Oh, that is fantastic! What a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real Party. I am pinning it to our group board.

    We are starting a Facebook group for Let’s Get Real bloggers as a place where we can get to know each other a bit better and support each other’s blogs. We would love to have you join. If you’re interested, please send the email address for your personal FB page (we aren’t able to add people from their blog pages) to me at gc @ calmhealthysexy.com and I will send you an invitation to the group.

    July 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks for the invite, Gaye! I will :)

      July 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm

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  7. kate

    kate,i like this salad it looks like a playing game.thanks

    July 29, 2014 at 2:51 am

  8. I must make this!!!! Pinning so I don’t forget.

    July 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    • Ann

      Have fun, Audrey! :)

      July 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm