Few things scream as loudly as Watermelon does about the arrival of Summer. The heat is on, the local markets are filled with watermelons of all sizes and shapes. Making my way through the crowds, I found myself standing next to the watermelon cart, beside me stood a Mexican guy tapping the watermelon on all sides, I have heard that they are experts in picking the right watermelon from the lot, coz’ they know the good ones when they take it home. I followed suit, tapped a few watermelons too, apart from the different sounds it produced, I couldn’t really tell, which was the sweeter one of the lot, so decided to ask him for some help.After a little pause, I said, “Hello there, could you please help me select a good watermelon from this lot” He gladly obliged and picking one huge one, said, “Take this home, you will like it, it’s just right !” with so much assurance that I instantly picked it up and drove home with it.
The weather was really getting warm, I lay the watermelon on the kitchen table carefully cutting it into half, I had plans to try a new recipe which I have heard about recently made from the watermelon. Curious as to how it will turn out, I went on to scoop the watermelon into lollipop sized pieces, the juice that escaped I religiously collected in a jug to use it for later.Once I was done with scooping half of the watermelon , I tried this recipe using Feta cheese and Mint and made this yummy salad.The salty creamy Feta cheese, the sweet watermelon, the citrusy lime juice, the fresh mint and the Extra Virgin Olive oil, creates a lovely Summer salad.Enjoy it with friends and family all throughout Summer during cookouts and barbecue season, your guest will be happy you served this fresh delicious salad and will remember it for days to come.
1/2 Watermelon – scooped or sliced into desired shape
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/2 cup
Lime juice – 2-3 lime squeezed fresh
Salt – to taste
Black Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Mint leaves – a handful, minced fine
Feta cheese- 2-3 tbsp ( crumbled)
1.Mix the Olive Oil, Lime juice, Pepper powder and Salt together.
2.Pour this over the watermelon pieces and gently twirl the salad bowl so the ingredients, coat the watermelon pieces well.
3.Now gently add the feta cheese & mint leaves and gently shake the bowl once more.
4. Keep it in the refrigerator & serve after 20 minutes.
5. Another option is to cool the watermelon pieces and then add the rest of the ingredients, before serving, so they remain fresh and crispy.
A win- win either way. Enjoy your healthy Summer Salad.