Take-out Tuesday, Spinach & Watermelon Summer Salad

We had a delayed Memorial Day celebration with our family, the boys wanted to come the following weekend instead for the grand opening of snapper season, so we had a “Memorial Day Delay”

They were very successful!

Red Snapper season is a very big deal on the Alabama Gulf Coast, it is limited to weekends only from June 1 to Labor Day

We had a lot of great meals, and I put together a menu of of easy peasy side dish recipes, and put the guys in charge of the grilling

The fresh fish were simply filleted and grilled with olive oil, salt, pepper and blackened seasoning

One of the sides we enjoyed was a refreshing spinach and watermelon salad with fresh strawberries, crumbled bleu cheese and pine nuts

This is more of an idea rather than a recipe, and you can easily sub feta for bleu cheese, and use any nuts you like

I have never had watermelon served in a green salad and I found the combination of spinach, romaine and watermelon so refreshing

It was tossed lightly in a vinaigrette so the flavors of the melon and berries could shine through, and the cheese added just enough tangy flavor to keep things interesting

Please excuse the blue crab trying to scoot out of the salad bowl!

This is the weekend menu, I always post it near the kitchen so everyone knows what’s for dinner

We often take the boat to a restaurant for lunch, but dinner time dining is crowded and the littles have to go to bed

The menu plan helps me and the grillers too!

I did the shopping before everyone arrived and only spent maybe 30 minutes or so per day to prep the sides, so it was a piece of cake!

The menu is a combo of new recipes from the June Paint Bucket and favorites from the archives

I will be posting about all of these soon

Spinach & Watermelon Summer Salad

fresh spinach, strawberries and watermelon combine with pine nuts and tangy cheese crumbles for a refreshing and healthy salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American


  • fresh spinach leaves washed and torn
  • mixed salad greens
  • cubed watermelon
  • sliced strawberries
  • crumbled feta or bleu cheese
  • roasted pine nuts
  • mild vinaigrette


  • Adjust ingredient quantities according to the number of servings you want
  • Combine ingredients in a salad bowl and toss with a mild vinaigrette
Keyword feta, fresh spinach, pine nuts, watermelon

If you want to get really fancy, serve it in a Watermelon Basket

Look for these recipes coming up soon:

Brown Sugar Brined BBQ Chicken

Summer Slab Tomato Pie

Watermelon Cupcakes

Beer Cheese Bacon Stuffing

Plus 3 recipes from the archives got a little tweaking so you will see these upcoming too

White Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies

Monte Crisco Biscuits

Bushwacker Ice Cream

I decided against making Scalloped Potatoes in foil on the grill, and opted for easier

Slow Cooker Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

The following recipes are favorites you can access by clicking on the green titles

Alabama White BBQ Sauce

Strawberry Dressing

Corn Dip with Tomatoes and Green Chilies

Zucchini Parmesan Rounds {or Ribbons}

Keep things easy this summer!

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Dishing it & Digging itBetween Naps on the Porch,   Make it Pretty Monday

Cooking and Crafting with J&J,    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

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23 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Spinach & Watermelon Summer Salad”
  1. Mary says:

    We would love this salad Jenna! Your posted menu makes it so easy for the cooks and diners too. (I can imagine how many times you would be answering, ‘what’s for lunch/dinner?’) What a haul your fishermen and friends pulled in…love the group photo!

  2. Wow!😊 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh my goodness Jenna! What success your guys had out. I will have to let my guys see this pic with the snapper. I love how organized you are for a crowd, makes it so easy and gives you time to have fun too. Great summer recipes.

    • Thank you Emily, they had so much fun, and are going again this weekend…being organized in advance is the only way I can handle these busy weekends! This weekend it will just be HHjr and one of his friends, so they’re on their own, or they can cook for us!

  4. Sharon Mann says:

    What fun, celebrating is good anytime, right? Your menu looks delicious.

  5. creationsbycindyphotography.blogspot.com says:

    WOW! Now that’s some nice fish! YUM! It all looks so good. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Rosie M. says:

    Wow, Jenna, your family gatherings are always so organized and look like so much fun! Have you ever thought of creating a book and sharing your menu and recipe ideas? I’d be first in line to purchase it!! Happy Summer!

    • Aren’t you sweet Rosie, that’s a great idea, I might just do that. I started a book but got overwhelmed trying to figure out the focus, this might be just the trick, thanks so much!

  7. Jenna, this salad is definitely a winner! I have never had watermelon and greens. I am such a fan of red snapper, and your guys brought in a big catch. I know with the simple preparation, the fish was perfect! Your weekend menu sounds fabulous!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    Looks like quite the catch of fish! 🐠🐟🐠 Your salad sounds delish – I have never thought to add watermelon to a lettuce/fruit salad… I bet it would be great! 🍉

  9. Cyndi Raines says:

    We are big fans of watermelon and we enjoy salads so it sounds like a great match! Will have to try soon. All of those beautiful Red Snapper has my mouth watering. I bet it was awesome! I’ve pinned your zucchini parmesan ribbons. Want to try those soon also 😊. Thanks Jenna!

  10. Miz Helen says:

    We have enjoyed featuring your awesome post this week at Full Plate Thursday, thank you so much for sharing it with us! We are pinning your post to our Features Board and hope you enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  11. Hope Smitherman says:

    Oh, this salad sounds so amazing and refreshing! I may just have to make something like it for us. Thank you for sharing it.

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