Salty feta and fresh mint dress up one of summer’s favorite fruits in this Watermelon Feta Salad recipe.
Nothing screams summer like a wedge of watermelon. It is the quintessential summer fruit. My daughter is the biggest watermelon fan in our house and could easily go through a melon a week if I let her. Don’t get me wrong; I love watermelon, too, but after a few weeks of gorging myself on plain melon, I need to shake it up a bit. That’s why I love this Watermelon Feta Salad recipe. It’s just different enough to wake up my tastebuds but not so different that I forget I’m eating one of our favorite spoils of summer.
Now for those of you who consider salting their watermelon sacrilege, hear me out. Most people associate watermelon with sweet, not savory, foods, but this dish is the best of both worlds. The combination of flavors is perfect for all of you salty-sweet lovers out there like me. The feta actually makes the melon taste sweeter (but not too sweet thanks to the rice vinegar) while the fresh mint ensures every bite is lively. One last sprinkle of salt and pepper on top, and you have a familiar but intriguing twist on a staple summer side dish.
Watermelon Feta Salad
- 7 cups of cubed watermelon, chilled and well drained
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped
- Kosher or sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Gently toss melon with rice vinegar, feta cheese and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
This salad is best served right away. The vinegar starts to break down the watermelon if made too far in advance.
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