Fresh Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad

Years ago my husband and I went to Puerto Vallarta for vacation. On the beaches of Puerto there are many places where beachfront restaurants cater to you with cool towels, cabanas, drinks, etc. as long as you buy their food. We would hang out at these places all day, tasting different dishes, reading, and getting our bronze on. One of these dishes was an amazing watermelon and goat cheese salad. It was my first time having goat cheese and I loved it!

So when thinking of a fun summer salad to make for Karla & Jason’s Baby-Q shower last week, I thought trying to make that phantom watermelon and goat cheese salad would be perfect! But when looking online for the recipe I couldn’t find one just like the salad I remembered…so I took the only watermelon/goat cheese recipe I could find (this one), and altered it a little. Enjoy!


  • Lettuce (I buy organic spring mix blend)
  • Blanched Slivered Almonds (In Puerto it had toasted pine nuts…both are delish)
  • Thin Sliced Red Onions
  • Cubed Watermelon
  • Crumbled Goat Cheese (If they only sell it solid that is fine…just be sure to cube it small)
  • 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice (No pulp)
  • 1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper (About 5 dashes each)

{With this salad the only thing I measure is the dressing ingredients…everything else I just throw in depending on the size of salad and taste. For example the onions really bring out a different flavor in the salad…which I love…but not everyone loves onions so you may adjust it. Also, I usually double the dressing ingredients and store in the fridge for multiple uses.}

Directions:IMG_1628 IMG_1629Cube the watermelon

IMG_1632Thinly slice the onions. I have a mandolin and I sliced, then chopped them to make them smaller.

IMG_1634Combine olive oil, orange juice, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper.

IMG_1640Whisk/blend ingredients….I used a milk frother (you will need to do this before using every time because the liquids separate).

IMG_1643Combine dry ingredients with lettuce, add dressing to taste, and toss!…This isn’t tossed but just a taste test for me before the party…you know….just to make sure its good!

IMG_1783Tossed and at Karla & Jason’s Baby-Q

Backyard Baby-Q : {A Chic Couples Shower}

IMG_2129This past weekend my friend Heather threw a backyard Baby-Q couples shower for our good friends Karla & Jason Reed. Karla (who is an instagram fashion icon…be sure to follow her, @karlareed) has a very classic look and style which Heather wanted to reflect in the simple shower design. When you think colors for Karla you think primary colors…especially navy blue. But Karla is having a girl so Heather decided to incorporate fuchsia, flamingos and touches of gold….it turned out so fun! It was a great evening of good food, good convos with friends, and celebrating baby Charlotte! I can’t wait to meet this girl!

The Food : {Straying away from traditional barbecued hot dogs and burgers, the food was unique, delish, and homemade but simple to put together!}

  • Pulled Pork & Pulled Chicken Sandwiches (Served on Hawaiian Rolls)
  • Cole Slaw
  • Mac n’ Cheese
  • Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad (Recipe coming Thursday)
  • Cornbread (Both traditional and Jalapeño served with cilantro lime butter)
  • Baked Beans (Topped with bacon strips)

IMG_1720IMG_1706IMG_1698IMG_1678IMG_1672 IMG_1670IMG_1726 IMG_1728We put dem boys to work. IMG_1736Apps: Deviled Eggs & Peach, basil, and mozzarella bites with balsamic glazeIMG_1738 IMG_1712Beverages: Mojitos (Jason’s Favorite), Melon No-Jito’s (A fresh honeydew melon non-alcoholic Mojito) & BYOB (There was a great variety of brews).

IMG_1754Loved Karla’s gold tipped nails, gold bow ring, and gold dress! Get it girl!IMG_1753Heather (the shower genius) with Karla.IMG_1783 IMG_1787IMG_1803 IMG_1817IMG_1807IMG_1846NBD Jason kills spiders….with a golf club.
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IMG_1733Love the gorg SoCal sunset!
IMG_1935IMG_1929Yeah…this happened. IMG_1955 IMG_1960 IMG_1917IMG_1995Gotta love it when good friends do the dishes mid-party for you! IMG_2043#teamjohnstonIMG_2074Karla & IIMG_2001IMG_2034Dessert: Ice Cream Sundae Bar & Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

IMG_2058IMG_2083IMG_1690Party Favor: Homemade Vanilla Peach Jam (Recipe Coming Tomorrow)IMG_2098Let’s end with a salute shall we? Salute to the great evening we had all together! (For the record we had a serious discussion on how to properly salute…pretty much a professional saluter now)

Ta-Ta Weekend : {Hello Week}

Weekend Wrap-Up:

I am one of the luckiest people ever because my brother’s girlfriend’s family owns several donut shops.  So you know when you go to a celebration and bring a bottle of wine, dessert or app….well we get donuts brought!  I remember the first time I found out, it was at my sister’s 10th birthday when she showed up with a fresh dozen…..needless to say we fell in love! (With her and the donuts).  The donut shops they own not only make regular donuts but specialty donuts that need to be pre-ordered because they always run out!  The newest one they released was their version of the Cronut and it had to be pre-ordered….(Ain’t nobody got time fo dat), so this weekend I decided to try my hand at this seductive treat!  Stay tuned for the full blog about it and the recipe on Wednesday!.

The rest of the weekend was filled with an intimate cliffside wedding, making jam, blogging, beach baptisms, having a Johnston family lunch, watching Homeland (addicted), and taking cray long walks to work off those Kronuts.

My husband helped with the Kronut making of course!

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This Week:

Looking forward to {In The Blog}: Umm…..KRONUTS!  My version of the famous Cronut will be featured Wednesday!

Looking forward to {In My Life}: This week The Great Gatsby will be released to own….I will def be getting a copy, and I am going to a Baby-Q couples shower Friday night and get to cook a few dishes!  This is going to be a good week!