My watermelon love continues and I was happy to hear from the other watermelon lovers out there!
Marc’s brother turned 30 and I brought this salad to his shindig. Everyone thought it was a caprese salad and were surprised to find out it was not full of tomatoes. The weather was in the high 90’s and this refreshing salad ended up complementing the delicious pulled pork we had very well. The cool watermelon, lime and mint make this a prime side for a barbecue or any summer party.
I have some cheese news to share with you, too! On a recent episode of America’s Test Kitchen, they recommend sheep’s milk or goat’s milk feta for a more complex flavor. I found a nice sheep’s milk feta and was surprised by how different it tasted. I must have been picking up the cow’s milk feta all of this time. The stronger flavor mixed with the sweet watermelon and zing of lime and mint is just what this salad needed.
I tried my best to measure out the ingredients below, but it is one of those recipes where it’s all about your personal taste. I like a generous amount of mint and made a pretty large salad. Feel free to play around with the ingredients.
Recipe: Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint and Lime
Adapted from The Shiksa in the Kitchen
1 small watermelon (you need about 8 cups of diced watermelon) cut into 1/2″ cubes
10-12 oz. sheep’s milk feta cheese (about 1 1/2 C.) crumbled or cut into 1/4″ cubes
1 1/2 C. fresh mint, roughly chopped and packed
2 limes, juiced and zest of 1 lime
1 1/2 t. freshly ground pepper
1. Cut up your watermelon into 1/2″ cubes. If you are planning on serving at a later time, you can put it in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to collect and discard some of the juice before proceeding.
2. Combine lime juice, zest and freshly ground pepper; set it aside. Cut feta into a 1/4″ dice (or crumble) and chop mint.
3. In a large bowl, add a generous layer of watermelon (about 1/3 of the cubed melon). Then add a handful of feta and mint. Pour half of the lime juice mixture onto the salad. Gently mix with a large spoon. Continue with another layer of watermelon, feta, mint and lime juice. When you have added all of the ingredients, gently mix the salad, again, without breaking down the watermelon or feta too much.
4. Refrigerate for at least one hour to combine the flavors. Serve cold.