Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad |How to prepare?

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Watermelon Feta Mint Salad : A refreshing salad perfect for a hot summer day. Made with  watermelon, feta cheese, and fresh mint, dressed with olive oil and lime juice. An easy, healthy and colorful salad to prepare in minutes, best served chilled.

Watermelon Salad
Watermelon Feta Mint Salad

Few things scream as loudly as Watermelon does about the arrival of summer. The heat is on, the local markets are filling with watermelons of all sizes and shapes.

Making my way through the crowds, I found myself standing next to the watermelon stand. Beside me stood a Mexican guy tapping the watermelon on all sides. I have heard that they are experts in picking the right watermelon, so I went up to him and requested if he could help me pick the right one.

He gladly obliged and gave me a few pointers on how to go about it the next time. Thanking him,I walked away with the best watermelon of the lot.Do you know how to pick/choose the right watermelon, store and use it in your recipes for summer? Read all about choosing, storing and using your watermelon in my blogpost here.

Recently, I had tasted this salad at a friend’s place and was curious to try preparing it in my own kitchen today.

Yes, the Watermelon Feta Mint salad.

It is a quick and easy salad and can be served as a dessert or a starter.

The Back Story

The weather was really getting warm, I lay the watermelon on the kitchen table, carefully cutting it into half. I had set my mind on trying out this new recipe for salad. Curious as to how it will turn out, I went on to scoop the watermelon into lollipop sized pieces.

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.

A perfect al-fresco salad for sure ! Enjoy it with friends and family all throughout summer during cookouts and barbecue season. Your guests will be happy you served this fresh delicious salad  and will remember it for days to come.


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What is a salad?

salad is a dish consisting of a mixture of small pieces of food, usually vegetables or fruit.

The word “salad” comes to English from the French salade , meaning, salted.


Now that we are in the midst of the best seasonal produce during these warmer months, do you know which fruits and vegetables are in season each month in the year? Imagine how much easier it would be to grocery shop smartly with the seasonal produce list in hand? It will save you dollars helping you budget wise as well as make your meal planning a breeze.

To make it easier for you, I have my E-book : The 12 Monthly Seasonal Produce Guides, listing all the vegetables and fruits in season, for each month of the calendar year. My E-book, would help you with making your grocery shopping a breeze, budget smart & meal plan ahead saving you much time and money.

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What kind of cheese goes with watermelon?

Watermelon and Feta. This is the perfect summer snack. The freshness of the watermelon goes perfectly with the saltiness of the feta cheese.

How do you crumble a block of Feta Cheese?

The easiest way to crumble Feta Cheese is by cutting off the amount of cheese you want to crumble with a knife. Then run the feta under cold water for 10 to 20 seconds. This helps clear away any brine on the Feta cheese and firm it up. Use a fork or your hands to break up the feta into small pieces (do not mash).

Should you rinse Feta Cheese?

Feta dries out quickly when removed from its brine, so always store feta in the brine it is packed in .Do not buy pre-crumbled “dry” feta.  It’s a good idea to rinse feta packed in brine just before serving to remove excess salt.

Is Feta Cheese healthy?

Feta is a brined, white cheese with a soft and creamy texture. Compared to other cheeses, it’s low in calories and fat. It also contains a high amount of B vitamins, phosphorus and calcium, which can benefit bone health. Additionally, feta contains beneficial bacteria and fatty acids.

How do you pick out a good watermelon?

Read all about How to Choose, Store and Use the watermelon in my previously published blogpost here.

How do you add flavor to watermelon?

Squeeze lemon or lime juice onto watermelon for a refreshing treat. Use a knife to slice a lemon or lime in half and squeeze about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of juice over sliced or cubed watermelon. Some people find that a boost of acidity makes the melon taste sweeter. Try adding salt and pepper to round out the flavor

Why do you put salt on watermelon?

Did you know salt has an inherent power to draw liquid? Due to watermelon’s low salt content, when you sprinkle salt on the fruit, it draws all of the watermelon’s sweet liquid to the top, creating a surplus of flavor around the point where the salt hits the fruit. 

“When you add something savory to something sweet — especially fruit at the height of its season — it makes it sweeter and opens up your taste buds”~Blake Faries, chef de cuisine at Tallulah.

Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad |How to prepare?

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad |How to prepare?

Recipe by Maya Shetty
Course: CHEESE, SALADS, WATERMELONCuisine: International
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Servings

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Calories

1329

kcal
Total time

15

minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 6-8 pound Seedless Watermelon yields 10- 12 cups , is chilled

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 3 Whole limes juiced

  • 3/4 tsp Black pepper

  • 1 cup Fresh Mint leaves chopped

  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese (preferably from Sheep milk) crumbled

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

  • Cut rind from the watermelon. Next chop the fruit into 1 inch chunks. Place chunks in a colander so that the watermelon drain as your chop. If you prefer to scoop your melon into balls, then you may use a melon baller instead (like we did here).
  • In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, fresh lime juice, salt, and black pepper to create a dressing.
  • Place the cut 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 mix the cheese into the salad. Serve.

Notes

  • This salad is best made just prior to serving.
  • Prepare one hour or less before your plan to serve.
  • It tastes best when it’s made from chilled watermelon.

Nutrition Facts


  • Amount Per ServingCalories1329
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 59g 91%
    • Saturated Fat 8g 40%
  • Sodium 1205mg 51%
  • Potassium 3304mg 95%
  • Total Carbohydrate 213g 71%
    • Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
    • Sugars 169g
  • Protein 18g 36%

  • Vitamin A 348%
  • Vitamin C 285%
  • Calcium 30%
  • Iron 50%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Essential Kitchen Tools for making the best Salad

While you are busy trying out new salad recipes in your kitchen this season, don’t forget to check out our blogpost on Essential Kitchen Tools for making the best salads.We have an amazing collection of kitchen tools for you to shop from, in our blogpost, that will make life easy for you, save time and help maintain a mess free kitchen.

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Links to my recipes with watermelon

The Bottom Line

Are you going to give my Watermelon Feta Mint salad a try, this summer?

It is refreshingly sweet and so easy to prepare. Do let us know how it turned out for you.

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Watermelon Feta Mint Salad : A refreshing salad perfect for a hot summer day. Made with  watermelon, feta cheese, and fresh mint, dressed with olive oil and lime juice. An easy, healthy and colorful salad to prepare in minutes, best served chilled.

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  1. Haha, I am ditto same when it comes to picking the right watermelon ;). This is my kind or recipe (an easy peasy one) and will surely be added to give it a try list. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    • Thank you, Pinky…LOL about the tabla tapping on the Watermelon, honestly I wasn’t even sure what sound one is supposed to hear to know it’s good but was glad, I brought home the right one . Please do try the recipe & let me know how it turns out for you.We are enjoying the warm weather here, loads of sunlight too, hope you have the same there too 🙂