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By Lorie Fangio, Guest Blogger

The 4th of July promises to deliver a long weekend of fun in the sun. Whether you are planning a huge patriotic party or a picnic in the bed of a truck, spending some time together is the name of the game. When I think about the 4th one word comes to mind: food! Food seems to be the barometer for all holidays for me and when it is hot outside we need something cold and crisp on our pallet to dissipate the heat. My sweet Watermelon and Feta Salad is simple to make and is the perfect complement to whatever you are serving this weekend from burgers to beluga. Share some food with family and friends and enjoy our nation’s independence!

Watermelon and Feta Salad


Juice and zest form one orange

Juice and zest form 1 lemon

1 shallot minced

¼ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

Salt and pepper to taste


5 cups seedless watermelon cut into 1 inch chunks

½ red onion sliced thinly

½ cup mint leaves

½ cup feta cheese cubes or crumbles


To prepare the salad dressing, mix all ingredients in a jar and shake well. Place salad ingredients in a bowl and toss well with dressing.


Recipe compliments of Lorie Fangio and www.loriefangio.com

LorieFangioHeadShotLorie Fangio is a Culinary Professional with a passion for bringing families back around the dinner table. She can be seen regularly sharing her expertise on local morning TV shows. Lorie’s latest endeavor, taking small groups to France for culinary excursions, has proven to be a huge success. She enjoys teaching students of all ages in her McKinney, TX cooking school, A Slice of Heaven. Lorie created a blog called Around the Table, which offers original recipes and advice for busy families. She enjoys working in the corporate world as well and serves as a spokesperson for national brands such as Oil and Vinegar, Walgreens, Ziploc Brand and Zoës Kitchen. Lorie enjoys developing unique recipes, guest blogging, creating customized video series, and making personal appearances. She worked with a successful production company to produce a television show pilot focused on food and families. Lorie is an e How Food Expert and has over 100 food videos on the web.   She works as a private chef for corporate events, parties and enjoys public appearances at local wine events, festivals and speaking engagements.