Watermelon and Feta Salad with Mint
Oh, the refreshing taste of watermelon on a hot summer day! The juicy sweetness that instantly quenches your thirst and brings a smile to your face. Watermelon has always been a staple in my family during the scorching days of summer. It represents joy, relaxation, and memories of carefree moments spent with loved ones.
I remember my grandmother telling me stories about how watermelon used to be a rare delicacy during her younger years. It was a symbol of abundance and celebration, often reserved for special occasions. Just the thought of that makes me appreciate our easy access to this delightful fruit today.
But why stop at just enjoying watermelon as it is? Combining it with other ingredients can create a truly remarkable dish. One of my favorite ways to elevate the sweetness of watermelon is by pairing it with the tanginess of feta cheese and the freshness of mint. The combination of flavors and textures in Watermelon and Feta Salad with Mint is simply exquisite.
– 1 small watermelon, seedless if possible
– 200g feta cheese, crumbled
– 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
– 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
– 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Prep the Ingredients
Start by slicing the watermelon into bite-sized cubes. Remove any seeds if needed. Place the cubed watermelon in a large mixing bowl.
Next, crumble the feta cheese and set it aside. Finely chop the fresh mint leaves and keep them separate from the watermelon and feta.
Step 2: Combine the Flavors
Add the crumbled feta cheese and chopped mint leaves to the bowl of watermelon cubes. Gently toss the ingredients together, ensuring an even distribution of flavors.
Step 3: Dressing Time
In a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar until well combined. Drizzle the dressing over the watermelon, feta, and mint mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 4: Toss and Serve
Using a large spoon or your hands, gently toss the salad to coat the ingredients evenly with the dressing. Be careful not to smash the watermelon cubes while doing so.
Transfer the Watermelon and Feta Salad with Mint to a serving dish or individual plates. Garnish with a few extra mint leaves for a pop of color.
Tip: Variations and Enhancements
– For an added layer of flavor, you can sprinkle some crumbled black olives or chopped pistachios on top of the salad.
– Feeling adventurous? Try drizzling some honey or a squeeze of lime juice over the salad to give it a surprising twist.
– If you prefer a more herbaceous taste, replace the mint leaves with fresh basil or cilantro.
This Watermelon and Feta Salad with Mint is a delightful medley of flavors that will transport you to a place of summer bliss. It’s a perfect addition to picnics, barbecues, or simply enjoyed on its own as a refreshing snack. Make it a part of your summer traditions and let the sweet and tangy combination bring a touch of magic to every bite!
|Amount Per Serving
|% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 14g
|Saturated Fat 8g
|Trans Fat 0g
|Total Carbohydrate 16g
|Dietary Fiber 1g
|Vitamin A 12%
|Vitamin C 27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: