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Watermelon Lime Feta Mint Summer Salad

When I created this dish, I didn’t really stop to think about how it’s similar (in some ways) to the Israeli couscous salad I posted last week. Honestly, this dish was an evolving work with several variations and steps along the way. It started out as a grilled watermelon basil salad. I tried four different variants of preparation and grilling, and let’s just say I’ve decided grilled watermelon isn’t my thing!

Minty Watermelon Salad with Feta and Lime RecipeBecause there are a lot of different flavors in this dish, the amounts of lime, mint, and feta I give are basically my suggested starting point. With less of these ingredients, you probably won’t experience the really cool flavors this salad has to offer. If you start with more, you may find yourself overwhelmed! I suggest starting with things as given and then adding more of your favorite ingredients until you’re satisfied.

I chose to use a small cookie cutter on my watermelon, but you could use a mellon baller. I don’t actually have one! If you’re using a cookie cutter, make sure your watermelon slices are slightly thinner than your cutter so you can cut clean shapes without struggling. I used the smallest heart from this set of cutters and I think it turned out super cute! If you’re using a mellon baller, you can skip cutting the watermelon into slices.

sliced watermelon

Watermelon Lime Feta Mint Summer Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 1" thick slices of seedless watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chiffonade, with a few small leaves reserved for garnish
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Cut the watermelon with a small cookie cutter and place the pieces in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the lime juice to the mellon and and toss to combine.
  3. Mix in the mint.
  4. Add the feta cheese and mix gently to combine, or simply top the prepared watermelon salad with the feta.
  5. Garnish with extra mint and serve

feta mint watermelon salad

Isn’t this super easy to make? It’s tasty, too, but it’s best eaten the first day. If you let it sit, the watermelon will drain a lot into the bottom of the bowl, making the watermelon drier and less flavorful. Since it’s so easy to make, creating it on demand shouldn’t be too difficult, though.

What’s your favorite way to eat watermelon?

watermelon salad with mint

natasha

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  • Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens April 27, 2014, 05:50

    Hi Natasha! This looks fantastic!! I love watermelon (I cannot wait until they are regularly appearing in the grocery store!!) and usually just put a dash of kosher salt on top to really bring out the awesome flavor. But this salad may have me changing my favorite way! This salad looks so light and fresh – a more mature way of enjoying summer’s perfect fruit! 🙂

    • natashalh April 29, 2014, 11:47

      I’m from the South, but I actually don’t eat salted watermelon! This salad was a big hit at home and I look forward to making more of it soon.

  • Marilyn Clark April 29, 2014, 11:11

    this sounds so wonderful…what a flavor combination!

    • natashalh April 29, 2014, 11:45

      It’s a lot of fun!

  • Shawna May 1, 2014, 05:40

    Love the photo of you and Papi. You both are so cute. I am going to try this salad on my husband who loves watermelon and feta cheese. Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop,

    • natashalh May 1, 2014, 06:48

      Thanks! It’s a little goofy, but we had fun and like it. I hope y’all enjoy the watermelon salad!

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