The Perfect Watermelon Salad to Balance Pitta
Pitta season, the Ayurvedic dosha characterized by heat, fiery tempers, impulsive behavior, and indigestion, is upon us.
When it’s pitta-like outside, a.k.a. sweltering and steamy, we can maintain balance in our bodies by cultivating opposing qualities. Stay in the shade during the peak of the day or take a dip in a swimming hole or the ocean. When you’re aggravated by the sultry weather, pass on the hot sauce and extra spice.
Pitta imbalances strike in the form of indigestion, so eating mindfully is key. To calm the mind—another pitta imbalance shows up as fast-moving thoughts—and the body, take a moment to plan some pitta-pacifying meals into your day. Beyond the recipes you choose, be sure to slow down and eat mindfully.
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To get started, enjoy our tasty watermelon salad recipe and receive the incredible nutritional benefits for your heart, bones, digestion, and libido.
Pitta-Balancing Watermelon Salad
The seasonal abundance of spring and summer inspires us to make the most of what is available. Enjoy this juicy watermelon to cool down and prevent uncomfortable swelling that can leave you achy and puffy on a hot day.
Watermelon reduces inflammation and helps to balance out the acidity that can flare up during pitta season. Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, this delicious and refreshing fruit has tons of potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A and C. These micronutrients are essential for heart health and bone health. Plus, watermelon is a super delicious way to stay hydrated and energized.
Indulge in this delicacy with your full attention so you’ll know when you’ve had enough. Give your body plenty of time to absorb all of the incredible nutrients.
1 watermelon (approx. 5-7 lbs)
Juice of two limes
¼ cup olive oil
4 tbs. mint ribboned, chopped or full leaves (or basil)
4 mint sprigs for garnish
4 oz. feta (or goat cheese)
Cut watermelon into cubes. Place in a large salad bowl. Add the chopped mint and crumbled cheese. Drizzle oil and lime juice over the top. Toss the salad, so the mint, cheese, and dressing are distributed evenly.
Portion the salad into four bowls and top with mint leaves
If you are going to bring this salad to a potluck or dinner party, add the dressing and mix at the very end so your salad doesn’t turn into watermelon soup.
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