Cucumber, Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad

Labor Day
A Sketchbook Pro painting by me

Couldn’t find the words this week. The truth couldn’t come through. There was a moment when I thought I would rather not post than create paper-thin architecture of a few words to hold up a recipe. Instead, images came. Colors, shapes, and textures spoke to me. I grabbed my iPad and started painting with my SketchBook Pro app. I followed the muses. I kept the internal editor at bay.

Sometimes this is how creativity comes. Who am I to say no?

So this week, I give you a recipe in rosy pinks, creamy greens, and clotted white. I’ll let the simple flavors of summer speak for themselves. Make this salad. It’s simple but the textures and flavors are profound.
Ucumber Salad


Cucumber, Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad

1 small watermelon, cubed

1 cucumber, cubed

4 branches of mint, trimmed of stems. Only leaves.

1/2 a block of feta, a little less than a cup

2 tablespoons of EVO

Sprinkle of S&P

Optional: Hot sauce

Try to keep all the cubes of the ingredients the same size. Mix the watermelon and the cucumber together and then add pieces of feta and mint. Mix. Drizzle with a little oil. This salad tastes best if all the ingredients are cold.  Enjoy.



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  1. September 5

    This post was very inspired! Thank you for following your inspiration!

  2. September 5

    Love this post – just curious do you use your iPad to post? I find it limited but I’m sure that’s because I haven’t properly explored the options.

    • September 6

      I don’t use my iPad to post. The interface between WP and the iPad is really is limiting. Maybe someday in the future it’ll be easy. In the meantime, I’ll stick to using the iPad for drawing and reading emails. xoxo,

  3. September 5

    I don’t know what sketchbook is, but I want it!
    I think this post is very effective.

    • September 6

      Thanks Joan. Good to know that embracing a different way of posting still works for my readers. Cheers!

  4. Good for you Brooke!! I rarely let my “inner muse” run free and probably need to do more of that…especially if paintings and salads like this are the result!!

  5. September 6

    that is WAY fun! you did this on your ipad? totally cool. i see adding “artist” to your resume/linkedin/job description – you never know. you could become the artistic, service guru!

    • September 6

      Thanks Susan! Yeah. The ipad is my new, favorite artist pad.

  6. Interesting combination, I have never eaten watermelon with anything else. I must some up the courage to try this.

  7. Creativity comes on it’s own time schedule, it’s unpredictable at best and sometimes down right infuriating. Thanks for this reminder to be open to all the different ways creativity can come to us.

  8. September 8

    I like the fun twist in this post. Pretty little sketches and I love the idea of the sweet & savory summer salad.

  9. September 11

    Watermelon and feta go together so well, I bet the cucumber in it is great!

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