Was going to a potluck event a couple weeks ago. Wanted to take something different than normal. People tend to bring hummus, guac, etc. It’s summer so watermelon popped into my head. I also didn’t want it to be just basic watermelon. So I started googling some recipes and many came up. I’d had some with balsamic before but wanted a change. Then I found a perfect one for a warm summer afternoon.
Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
Ingredients (serves 8)
- 8 lb. whole seedless watermelon, chilled (about 12 cups of cubed fruit)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 whole limes, juiced — used bottled
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese (sheep’s milk feta preferred) — I used crumbled goat because it’s what I found when shopping
Note: This salad is best made just prior to serving. Prepare one hour or less before your meal.
1) Cut rind from watermelon, then chop the fruit into 1 inch chunks. Place chunks in a colander to drain as you chop.
2) In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh lime juice, salt, and black pepper to create a dressing.
3) Place watermelon in a large salad bowl. Pour dressing and chopped mint over the watermelon and toss gently to coat. Pour the crumbled feta into the salad bowl and stir gently to integrate the cheese into the salad. Serve.
This was delicious. I have made this 5 times in 3 weeks already. So refreshing, light and easy to make. Definitely a keeper.
I just went to the grocery store to pick up some fresh fruit for dessert at a friend’s place tonight. I was thinking maybe strawberries or a watermelon. I walked through the door and it was information overload! Sales left and right on prime fruit!!! #1 — RAINIER CHERRIES! Heaven on earth at a great price. Then, the personal/small/baby watermelons on sale. Berries — raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, all on what felt like a blowout. Pineapples all screaming ‘pick me, pick me.’ I barely knew what to do!
I had to control myself. For dessert for two people, I left with a small watermelon, cherries, blackberries and raspberries. Sure, it’s a lot, but it’s fruit! I had to be very good and not eat to many while rinsing/prepping. Now, we have to get through dinner!
Summer is such a great season to take advantage of everything we can, from fresh fruit to fresh veggies and enjoy their flavors as much as much as possible. Bon appetit!