The Love of Food and Watermelon

My family was VERY skeptical when I first started Beth’s Journey back in February 2010. As older sisters do so well, they both made fun of me for taking pictures of my food and anything else they could find to tease me about. Granted, my blog has changed a lot since then and I don’t come close to photographing everything I eat anymore, but none the less I was delighted when my sister told me she’d written a guest post for me, and even taken a picture. Without further ado…

Hi.  I’m Wendy, one of Beth’s older sisters.  In my paid life, I am a construction lawyer and I co-edit a blog on emerging legal issues in cleantech, climate change, and green building.  In my personal life, I am married to Justin and the mother of my little peanut, Harper.

The love of food runs deep in the Klein genes.  As Beth mentions in many of her posts, Klein gatherings often revolve around what we are going to eat next (even while we are still eating).  Like my sister, I love food too and am a lifetime Weight Watchers member (although getting back on the wagon after having Harper last year).

I subscribe to a CSA share of vegetables that comes to me in Philadelphia weekly from Lancaster Farm Fresh.  Last week, I received a LARGE watermelon and beautiful heirloom tomatoes.  I also have a basil plant that really took off this summer in my backyard. When deciding on a delicious, easy salad to make last night, I looked for a recipe that would combine all of these ingredients.

Based off this recipe, I created my own slightly modified and Weight Watcher-friendly version. Enjoy!

Summer Salad

Summer Salad

Makes 2 servings, with 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus each.


  • 2 cups chopped large heirloom tomatoes, cored
  • 1 small English or regular cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into cubes (I used a lemon cucumber from my CSA and did not seed it)
  • 2 cups cubed yellow or red seedless watermelon flesh
  • 2 oz. Hass avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into cubes (you can add more here, just adjust points + value)
  • 2 tablespoons basil chiffonade (follow Beth’s video here to learn the technique)
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, avocado, and basil. Toss with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Makes two servings.

What is your favorite no cook recipe to make?

21 Comments on The Love of Food and Watermelon

  1. brandonA
    August 4, 2011 at 8:42 am (9 years ago)

    Awesome. We are a member of this same CSA, received the same watermelon and tomato, had basil growing on our balcony, and totally made this same salad. Have been eating it since Saturday!

    • Beth
      August 4, 2011 at 9:53 am (9 years ago)

      I did a CSA last year but I think I picked the wrong farm.. it was just not very good compared to what I was paying. I might try one again next year though!

  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    August 4, 2011 at 8:49 am (9 years ago)

    Wendy thanks for the guest post! My family was also very skeptical when I started my blog — one of my sisters has said she just doesn’t “get it” — and yet once in a while she sends me pictures of dishes she has made 🙂

    This salad looks delicious — my favorite no cook recipe is any type of salad — fruit + veggies plus a light dressing.

    • Beth
      August 4, 2011 at 9:52 am (9 years ago)

      Granted, my blog used to be VERY different than it is now.. I used to take pictures of every last bite I ate and I’m sure it was annoying, but still! =)

  3. Jennifer
    August 4, 2011 at 9:38 am (9 years ago)

    That looks awesome! I’m loving watermelon right now.

    • Beth
      August 4, 2011 at 9:50 am (9 years ago)

      It’s been too long since I’ve had fresh watermelon! I haven’t been to a farmer’s market in ages… maybe I’ll go this weekend!

  4. Heather
    August 4, 2011 at 9:45 am (9 years ago)

    Your sisters are just terrible 😉 I guess I’m going to have to put a post together — something about the insanity of trying to be on WW with two kids and how you have to eat chocolate to cope!

    • Beth
      August 4, 2011 at 9:48 am (9 years ago)

      Anytime you want! I bet a lot of my readers would appreciate that. It’s easier with no strings attached I think. 🙂

  5. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    August 4, 2011 at 10:13 am (9 years ago)

    Hey Wendy!! Salad looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it out. I also think it’s great that you’re a part of a CSA.

    • Beth
      August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am (9 years ago)

      Her CSA is REALLY good too. I am always really jealous when I see the box of produce she gets. Fresh, varied, and good looking!

  6. Gwen
    August 4, 2011 at 10:22 am (9 years ago)

    Confession: I’m freaked out by tomatoes and watermellon together. Love them seperately but fear that I might not dig them in one. HOWEVER it looks great! So worth trying!

    Last night I went to Rocklands BBQ in Ballston for National Watermellon Day and had a Grilled Watermellon Burger! SO YUM! It was the perfect WW meal! <3

    • wendy
      August 4, 2011 at 10:25 am (9 years ago)

      Before tasting the combination, I was nervous too. But something about the sweetness of both watermelon and tomatoes, they compliment each other really well. The different textures is also VERY refreshing.

  7. Mary (A Merry Life)
    August 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm (9 years ago)

    Awesome guest post! That salad looks amazing. Love watermelon in the summer.

  8. Kerry
    August 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm (9 years ago)

    YUM – watermelon is so addictive, its the best part of summer!

  9. Amy @ Conquering Self
    August 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm (9 years ago)

    I like the sister guest post! My family doesn’t know about my blog yet but I like that your fam has come around to support you! I have been on a watermelon kick lately after getting some fresh from a local farm on a watermelon tour with my 1 year old last week…but of course, with my sweet tooth, I’ve been busy looking up recipes for watermelon ice creams! haha…this one seems much healthier than the direction I was going in!

  10. Roz@weightingfor50
    August 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm (9 years ago)

    HI Wendy, love your guest post. Thanks! Watermelon is the best. You must be so proud of Beth! She is an inspiration in her weight loss and also writes a heck of a good blog. All the best to you both.

  11. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    August 5, 2011 at 11:46 am (9 years ago)

    This salad sounds great…I’ve never thought to combine watermelon with tomatoes!

  12. Jill
    August 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm (9 years ago)

    See, aren’t food pictures beautiful!!

  13. Nikki @Pickynikki
    August 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm (9 years ago)

    I love watermelon in a salad, but never have had tomato with it! I might have to try it… Nice meeting your via your recipe Wendy!


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