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Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad ~ Sweet and savory combine with fresh watermelon, red onion, cucumber, feta and mint tossed in a vinaigrette.

Watermelon Salad ~ Sweet and savory combine with fresh watermelon, red onion, cucumber, feta and mint tossed in a vinaigrette ~ The Complete SavoristFor a couple of years now, I have told myself I was going to make one of these watermelon salads I had been seeing all over the place.  I’ve even seen Michael Symon put watermelon and feta together on one of his shows.  And, well, if Michael Symon says it’s good, I’m in.
In effort to not make so much food, I purchased a mini seedless watermelon.  It was more than plenty to feed my little party.  It was quite sweet as well, which made the salad fantastically better.I used a local creamery for my cheese.  For years I have been buying locally made cheeses.  I love Rockhill Creamery’s Desert Red Feta.  It’s made from cow’s milk versus the traditional goat’s milk, and according to their website, it is rubbed with salt mined in Southern Utah.  Whatever the process, I love its’ tangy saltiness.Watermelon Salad ~ Sweet and savory combine with fresh watermelon, red onion, cucumber, feta and mint tossed in a vinaigrette ~ The Complete SavoristWatermelon Salad ~ Sweet and savory combine with fresh watermelon, red onion, cucumber, feta and mint tossed in a vinaigrette ~ The Complete SavoristWatermelon Salad ~ Sweet and savory combine with fresh watermelon, red onion, cucumber, feta and mint tossed in a vinaigrette ~ The Complete SavoristWatermelon Salad ~ Sweet and savory combine with fresh watermelon, red onion, cucumber, feta and mint tossed in a vinaigrette ~ The Complete SavoristWatermelon Salad ~ Sweet and savory combine with fresh watermelon, red onion, cucumber, feta and mint tossed in a vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

Watermelon Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American/Greek
Servings: 8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1 mini watermelon (about 6 cups); cubed
  • 1/2 red onion; thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber; quartered and sliced
  • 4 oz . crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
  • 2 tbsp . red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp . extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt/pepper; to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop the watermelon and place it in a colander.
  2. Cut the cucumber and add it to the colander.
  3. Cover and allow to drain for at least 30 minutes.
  4. The more time the better, as watermelon and cucumber leech a lot of water and that will cause the salad flavor to be washed out.
  5. When the watermelon and cucumber are sufficiently drained, pour them into a bowl.
  6. Add the onion, mint, and feta. Toss well.
  7. In another bowl, combine the red wine, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  8. Whisk briskly to emulsify.
  9. Pour over the watermelon and veggies. Toss well.
  10. Cover and chill until ready to serve or serve immediately.

Watermelon Salad ~ Sweet and savory combine with fresh watermelon, red onion, cucumber, feta and mint tossed in a vinaigrette ~ The Complete Savorist

Watermelon Salad ~ The Complete Savorist

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Ellen | in my Red Kitchen
    July 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    This looks good! I never like watermelon but since I live in California I do! So I think I have to make this one soon, looks perfect to me 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Ellen, I hope you enjoy it. One of my taste testers for this recipe doesn’t like watermelon but enjoyed it in the salad. It is funny how moving to a different location can change what you enjoy eating.

  • Reply
    Nancy
    July 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Two of my favorite things – watermelon and cucumber!!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:16 am

      Hope you enjoy it Nancy.

  • Reply
    dreinhold@charter.net
    July 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    There is ALWAYS room for watermelon!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:17 am

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Reply
    Sandi
    July 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I love this salad. Not to mention the fabulous idea of presenting it in a watermelon rind bowl. Perfect for entertaining!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:17 am

      It’s in the rind just so I didn’t have to wash one more dish! Just kidding…maybe! :-0

  • Reply
    Diane (Created by Diane)
    July 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I just love everything about this salad!

    • Reply
      M
      July 30, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Me too, Diane, me too!!!

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    July 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I need to get me some watermelon

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:19 am

      Now is the time! Enjoy.

  • Reply
    susan @ the wimpy vegetarian
    July 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I make watermelon and feta salads every week this time of year. I love the addition of the cucumber, and really love serving it in the shell of the rind. Great idea!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:20 am

      Susan, I could eat this every week too!

  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    July 30, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I just love watermelon salad. I first put one together after reading that watermelon and feta go well together in the Flavor Bible. Who would’ve thought?!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:21 am

      I know, I saw Michael Symon do it years ago and have been hooked ever since.

  • Reply
    ashlee
    July 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    This not only looks delicious, but also perfect for taking to a picnic or event

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, it’s a favorite at bbq’s this season.

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Tasting Page
    August 22, 2014 at 9:50 am

    What a perfect summer salad!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      August 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Kelly, I’m with you. It is the perfect salad for summer.

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