Roasted Squash, Goat Cheese & Pomegranate Salad

Culinary Crafts by Brooke and Maxx is up and running once again.  This past weekend was spent engaged in much slicing, dicing, stirring, and sampling in the kitchen together.  While the both of us are devoted dessert die-hards, we tend towards eating healthier for the remaining picture of what makes up each of our diets.  Thus, this salad was the decided upon entrée for our lunch this past Sunday.

I know, I know, winter and cold weather typically call for all things comfort.  Homey and delicious.  Salads are for summer time, right?  Not this one though.  This salad in particular is just that.  Warm, comforting, and totally hits the spot.  Its also easy to make, really heathy, and quite light.  Throw this one together for a filling, satisfying and super yummy lunch or dinner.

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Watermelon & Feta Salad

This simple, light and lovely dish (#38) is inspired by Amsterdam, the city in which I first sampled it.  Reading the description on the menu, I thought it sounded repulsive.  Watermelon paired with cheese and walnuts!?  Gross.  So on that premise, my friend and I decided to give it a go.

I was shocked.  The flavors paired together perfectly.  The light juicy sweetness of the melon balanced beautifully with the subtly strong cheese.  The walnuts added a fabulous crunch, another layer of texture variety to the dish.  I was surprised to find myself loving it!!

The ingredients needed are simple:

-Watermelon, cut into bite sized cubes.

-Feta cheese

-Walnuts (I imagine pine nuts would also be rather tasty…)

-Fresh Mint

-Balsamic dressing.

Directions: combine the first four ingredients in some semblance that is pleasing to the eye.  Drizzle on a bit of balsamic vinaigrette.  Enjoy!!  This dish is not only delicious but its beautiful, the colors vivid and eye-catching.  Serve it at your next dinner party to give off an adventurous and trendy vibe 😉

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Absolutely one of my top three favorite European cities.  Dreamy, like a fairy tale, romantic, unique, laid back and lovely.  I snapped this picture during my visit there last May, 2016.

To see all of the adventures, wanderings and amazing edibles I experienced on my recent trip to Amsterdam, look no further.  Here is smattering #1 of photos and stories, and smattering #2.  Enjoy!  I hope it may inspire a future trip for you 😉 as Amsterdam is without question one of the most underrated and awesome cities in Europe.