Watermelon Mint and Feta Salad


Hooray for watermelon season!

I made this watermelon mint and feta salad for a potluck this weekend and wanted to share the recipe with you. Fresh, light, and easy to throw together this will be your new favorite summer salad.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky to have sweet and juicy Hermiston watermelons. I found a small seedless one at Chuck’s Produce.

We have a crazy amount of mint growing like weeds in the back yard so I’m on the lookout for summer recipes that include mint. This weekend as part of my Sunday meal prep, I made a big batch of green soup and thew in two big handfuls of parsley and mint.

Watermelon Mint and Feta Salad


  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups of seedless watermelon cut into bite sized cubes
  • 4 oz feta crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint finely chopped


  1. Pour vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper into a jar with a lid.
  2. Secure the lid tightly and shake to combine.
  3. Place watermelon, feta and mint in a large bowl.
  4. Pour dressing over fruit mixture and stir gently.
  5. Serve immediately. 

President Clinton’s Weight Loss

Here’s a link to a video clip of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewing President Clinton about his recent weight loss due to his plant-based diet.

Clinton says:

I went on essentially a plant-based diet. I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit. I drink a protein supplement every morning—no dairy—I drink almond milk mixed in with fruit and a protein powder so I get the protein for the day when I start the day up. And it changed my whole metabolism and I lost 24 pounds and I got back to basically what I weighed in high school.

He made this drastic dietary change to loose a few pounds but also to improve his cardiovascular health.  He mentions heart health pioneer  Dean Ormnish and others:

This movement has been led by a doctor named Caldwell Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic, Dean Ornish who you know out in California, the doctors Campbell (father and son) who wrote The China Study, and a handful of others. But we now have 25 years of evidence and I thought that, well, since I needed to lose a little weight for Chelsea’s wedding, I’ll become part of this experiment. I’ll see if I can be one of those that can have a self-clearing mechanism—we’ll see…

I consider myself an omnivore, but I do believe that reducing the amount of animal products in our diets is a big step in the right direction as far as cardiovascular health and weight loss or weight maintenance goes.  While a vegan diet may not be for everyone making small changes in one meal a day or even one meal a week can have a big impact.Continue reading

No Bake Blueberry “Pie”

No bake blueberry pie

Here’s an easy summer pie recipe perfect for your next weekend BBQ or potluck.

Gary S. emailed me this lovely photo of his pie – thanks Gary!  He used more berries than the recipe calls for – 5-6 cups – and mixed strawberries and blueberries.  Feel free to add other fruit (peaches are in season now).  The next time I make this I may add some toasted coconut to the crust.  Experiment with this and let me know what you think.


2 cups raw almonds
3-4 dates (soaked in water for ten minutes, then pitted)
1/2 cup agave divided
2 cups of blueberries
pie plate or 12 ramekins (individual dessert dishes)
pinch sea salt
dash of cinnamon


Grind almonds in food processor until finely ground.  Pit the dates and add them, 1/4 cup of agave, a pinch of sea salt and dash of cinnamon to the finely ground almonds.  Continue to process until thickened ball forms.  Remove contents from food processor and press into pie plate or ramekins bringing crust up around the walls and top edges of the plate.  Fill your crust with fruit of choice drizzled or mixed with the remaining 1/4 cup agave.


This recipe adapted from Meredith Gnau’s “A Grateful Life” Blog

Komen Race For the Cure September 19th, 2010

Many of your know Karen Klever who passed away this past May.  The Komen Race for the Cure is happening this month and Karen was a strong supporter of this cause.  Her daughter has organized a team to walk/ run in her honor.

Their goal is $5000.  According to the Komen website “If 10 people give at least $10, we can save a life by providing an uninsured woman a mammogram.”

Click here to support Team Karen with your tax-deductible donation.