There’s really no recipe as such for a Watermelon and Feta Salad. It’s just a perfect combination of two ingredients, and one or two more for enhancing the flavours. Anything else is overkill. Yet I think every blog should have it documented simply because watermelon and Feta cheese are a great match. The crunch and sweetness of chilled watermelon and the salty creaminess of Feta work so well together. The first watermelons were supposedly cultivated in Egypt over 4500 years ago. It was, however, the Mediterranean Feta cheese makers who got the idea to pair the two together. Thus, an unbeatable combination was born.
A good Watermelon and Feta Salad needs just two ingredients – chilled watermelon and crumbled Feta. Of course, the better the quality of the fruit and cheese, the better the salad. Anything else is really unnecessary, in my opinion. Even I have been tempted to meddle though. I like occasionally adding very thinly sliced red onions and a light drizzle of pomegranate molasses.
However you will find recipes with all sorts of additions to the basic salad, most of which I find, is overkill. That’s my opinion but please feel free to improvise to suit your taste. I will allow that the addition of lemon zest and fresh mint does give it a certain flavour.
I live in a warm subtropical climate which means it is warm the year round. Though I might complain about the heat but it also means that I can eat fresh fruit and vegetables the year round. Watermelons are almost always available at the market. As I mentioned in a recent post, I recently discovered a local cheese maker who delivers cheese at my doorstep. So now I can have Feta, Halloumi and a variety of other cheese whenever I feel like it. What better way to have Feta than in a Watermelon Salad?
Watermelon and Feta Salad
- 6 cups watermelon chunks
- 200 gm feta cheese crumbled
- 1 small onion thinly sliced
- 1 small handful fresh mint leaves
- 2 to 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
- salt to taste
- Remove seeds from watermelon for cutting into 1-inch chunks. One watermelon should suffice. Chill after cutting.
- Just before you’re ready to serve the salad, put the watermelon, crumbled feta and sliced onions in a salad bowl. Add slat if necessary. I prefer to go with just the saltiness of the feta cheese.
- Toss to combine. Garnish with mint leaves and drizzle pomegranate molasses over the salad. Serve immediately.