Watermelon Feta Salad

An easy and refreshing summer salad

Watermelon is a stable of any summertime menu. In this recipe, the cool sweetness is paired with the salty bite of feta cheese.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I tend to avoid using dairy products in my cooking, especially cheese. I’ve made an exception for this salad because the recipe only uses a small amount of feta as a garnish. There are some sources that suggest that cheeses made from goat or sheep’s milk contain a different form of protein than cow’s milk, making them less likely to cause inflammation. If you prefer to avoid dairy, there are plant-based alternatives available, such as tofu feta.

Picking a Watermelon

To start off this recipe, you’ll need a good watermelon. Choosing good produce can be a little bit of a challenge, especially when it comes to melons. But there is a trick to this.

First, the watermelon should be heavy for its size. This is a good rule of thumb for lots of fruits. A lot of that weight is coming from the juice in the fruit so heavy fruit will be nice and juicy.

Next, you want to look for a discolored spot on the watermelon. This is where it rested on the ground while it was growing. Look for this to be a creamy, pale yellow color. If it’s white or grayish, look for another melon!

For the Salad

To make this salad, start off with a melon baller to create pretty, uniform balls of watermelon. You can also cut the melon into cubes if you prefer. To use a melon baller, press the baller into the flesh of the melon and twist to extract the ball. Don’t drag the scoop across the surface of the fruit. This will produce odd ribbons of fruit, not pretty balls.

Place the balls of melon in a large bowl. Add the honey and mint. Gently toss to coat. Garnish with crumbles of feta cheese and a few cranks of coarse Himalayan sea salt, if desired.

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Watermelon Salad

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Melon Baller

Ingredients
  

  • 1 small Watermelon
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Dried Mint
  • Feta Cheese to taste
  • Himalayan Salt

Instructions
 

  • Using a melon baller, scoop the watermelon into a medium bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently to combine.
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