Watermelon & Feta Salad

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Oh August, we hardly knew thee. It seems like summer came and went, but since I’m not quite emotionally prepared to jump on the pumpkin spice latte band wagon, I’ve decided to share with you how my stomach has decided to resist the season change.

We had a gargantuan melon sitting on our kitchen table for a while — half of it came to Newport with us last weekend, but that only did so much damage. The other half was lingering in our fridge, just begging to become something unusual. Since I’m a freak for sweet and savory, and had never made a melon salad before, this guy hit all the right notes for me.

Ingredients:
(makes one large salad, or two small)

For the salad:

1 cup largely diced watermelon
2 heaping handfuls of kale, stems removed
1/4 cup almonds
1 large chicken breast
1/4 cup crumbled feta

For chicken marinate:

1 tsp thyme
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp lemon juice
salt & pepper

For dressing:
(I’ll be honest, I just sort of eyeballed this part)

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp fresh or minced garlic
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
salt & pepper

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To Make:

01. Mix marinate ingredients well in a small bowl. Mix on chicken thoroughly and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.

02. For dressing, place your olive oil in a small skillet with your garlic. Warm slightly just to infuse the oil. Then in small bowl, mix with the other dressing ingredients and set aside.

03. Give your de-stemmed kale a rough chop and put in a large mixing bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients (besides your chicken and dressing)

04. Put your skillet on medium-low heat and coat lightly with cooking oil. Cook your chicken until just cooked through and golden on each side. Allow to cool slightly and give it a rough chop (I like my chicken to be small little chunks in my salads).

05. Place chicken and dressing in your large with with the salad mixture and toss thoroughly.

And that’s it! I found this pairs really nicely with a crisp sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.

A couple of tips:

* I’ve heard this goes very well with a little fresh mint mixed in. If you try let me know how it goes!

* There’s also a lot of hype these days about “massaging your kale.” Since kale is a pretty tough green, giving it nice little rub down with your hands and some olive oil for a few minutes goes a long way!

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Labor Day Weekend Fun

With Labor Day right around the corner, we found it only fitting to fill your minds with some ideas on how to spend your weekend! We’re really looking forward for taking an extra day for ourselves while we embrace the remainder of the warm weather!

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// 01. Backyard BBQ
An extra day off is music to our Mon-Friday-workin ears! If the weather is nice, round up those friends of yours and sit outside, light the grill and eats lots and lots of chips! Extra points if you can whip together a Pinterest worthy cocktail like above – cheers!

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//02. Day Trippin’
The best part about living in New England is the easy access to wonderful places within driving distance. An extra day off can extend any weekend trip into something a little more! Check out the dunes on Block Island, explore the mansions in Newport, or head to the woods – you’ve got a whole extra day, use it!

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//03. Bike Ride
Sometimes a quaint little bike ride is all you need to make your extra time off that much better. In Boston and CT we’re big fans of the Charles River and Farmington River Trail. Where you guys like to cycle around?

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//04. Movie Day
With the weather as unpredictable as it is round these parts, we sort of always need a plan b. A movie day with delicious treats sounds like just the thing! Make yourself a little spread and just let yourself be shamelessly lazy!

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//05. Picnic
Picnic in the park anyone? Don’t mind if I do! A chilled glass of white and a caprese sandwich with a book sounds like an extremely pleasant way to spend these final few weekends of warmth. Relax and live it up!

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