The perfect summer potluck dish

It. Is. So. Hot. Here.

During the winter, my housemates and I try not to use the heater in order to save money. It routinely gets down to 50 in our casa, and we walk around with multiple layers of pants and sweatshirts on. Likewise, during the summer, we try not to use the air conditioner and it routinely gets up to 90 degrees in our house. I have a new rule though: once it hits 87, I get to turn on the AC. I can’t sleep or study when it is that hot! Or eat for that matter, unless it is something cold. The heat has actually been a blessing because I have been getting so creative in the kitchen in order to make summer-friendly meals! Today’s recipe is amazing served chilled and a consistent crowd pleaser. I have brought it to a potluck, a work party, and fed it to anyone who comes over to our house!

Watermelon Tabouli with Goat Cheese

Recipe: Serves ~10 people

1 cup bulgur

2 cups water

1 large cucumber

3 cups watermelon, cubed

1/2 cup parsley, chopped

1 clove garlic

2 tbsp green onion, chopped

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

zest of 1 lemon

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Directions – Place a large pan on the stove and add the water and bulgur. Turn the heat on to high and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, remove the pan from heat and cover. Let bulgur sit in the hot water for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and let sit for another 15 minutes. Scrape bulgur into a bowl and put into the fridge to chill. If there is any water left, drain first.

Chop the watermelon and cucumber into cubes. Finely chop the parsley, onion, and garlic. Combine all of the ingredients, except the goat cheese, oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest, in a bowl and toss with chilled bulgur. Drizzle the oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest over the mixture and mix again. Right before serving, add in the crumbled goat cheese and a sprinkling of salt and lightly toss one final time. Done!


Parsley * is extremely high in vitamin K and also contains vitamin C and A, and some folate. Parsley also contains fairly rare volatile oils that have been found to halt tumor growth in animal studies and are considered “chemoprotective,” which means they can help neutralize carcinogens. Also rich in the antioxidants flavonoids.

Watermelon * a great source of vitamin A, C, B1, and B6. The antioxidants derived from the vitamin A help fight inflammation which contributes to many ailments, including heart attacks, diabetes miletus, and arthritis.

Cucumber * the peel is full of fiber and vitamin K and the meat is mostly hydrating water. Also a good source of potassium, beta carotene, vitamin C, and other antioxidants!
Bulgur * has one of the highest amounts of fiber of any grain. Also contains B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, manganese.
Question: What are your favorite summer recipes? Do share!

14 thoughts on “The perfect summer potluck dish

  1. I love fruit salads & cocktails during summer 🙂

    Watermelon in tabouli! This I must try!

  2. NEVER would have thought of putting watermelon in a tabouli mix! Looks fabulous!

    When it gets hot in the summer, I am always in the mood for HUGE salads…or just some good ol’ burgers, corn on the cob, and watermelon 😀

  3. Goodness…can i just say I LOVE your blog layout. So clean and beautiful. And then of course this salad just knocks my socks off. Just bought a huge watermelon yesterday. Perfect! I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend. Thank you for making my stomach growl and my face smile. Love from Austin!

  4. I never put the AC on either, mostly because I have this bizarro body temp that allows me to be perfectly comfortable up till 95 degrees, but even I’ve been sleeping with it on! What I need is this salad, methinks. Love that mix of sweet and salty!

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