{recipe} Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

This is so good that I can’t wait to share it with you- I’m still eating it as I type. It only takes about 5 minutes to make, and I think as long as watermelon is in season, I might have to eat it every day.

There are several watermelon/feta salad recipes out there, but many of them use balsamic vinegar, which I like with feta but not with watermelon. Some use no dressing at all which is just crazy. This one uses a light dressing of lime juice, olive oil, and a pinch of cayenne, as a nod to the chili-and-lime-on-sweet-fruit thing that you often get in Mexico. The sweet/salty/spicy combination is pretty much perfect.

You could replace half of the watermelon with sweet, flavorful heirloom tomatoes for another layer of flavor, color, and texture. If you’re serving this alongside grilled chicken or lamb, tomatoes would be a fantastic addition.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint
serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 lbs seedless watermelon (I used half a watermelon)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper or other hot spice of your choice
  • 4 oz good quality feta

METHOD:

  • Remove rind from watermelon and cut flesh into 3/4 inch cubes. Put cubes in a bowl.
  • Chop mint leaves finely and add to bowl. Chop spinach leaves and add to bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk lime juice and olive oil together to combine well. Add salt to taste (about 2 large pinches worked for me) and cayenne to taste (1 large pinch for me.) Add to watermelon and toss gently with a spatula.
  • Remove to serving plate and crumble feta on top. Serve immediately.
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1 mjskit { 09.01.11 at 7:13 am }

YUM! I love the addition of cayenne to this salad! Beautiful salad!
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