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Minnesota's Winning Recipe: Alexandra's Refreshing Watermelon Salad

“Alexandra was given a gift of a cast iron skillet,” says Alexandra’s mom, Brianna. “Upon the realization that anything is possible with cooking and understanding the limitless potential of creating healthy foods that are fulfilling to the senses and the soul, she has expanded her cooking talents to include the artistic, nutritious creation of salads! Alexandra's salad was created the day that her grandmother gave her a fresh watermelon. She quickly got busy creating this tantalizing salad that got rave reviews from her family!”

Alexandra Steele, Age 9, is the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Minnesota. 

Makes 4 Servings


  • 1 cup fresh spring greens
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh watermelon, cubed
  • ½ cup red grapes, halved
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup Feta cheese
  • 4 whole-grain dinner rolls
  • 2 teaspoons butter


  1. In a large salad bowl, mix all ingredients together. Arrange the salad mixture on a platter and serve with whole-grain dinner rolls spread with grass-fed butter, if possible. Enjoy!!!  

215 calories 11g fat 27g carbohydrates 6g protein