Sweet Watermelon, salty Feta, on a Salad bed of healthy greens or a whimsical Rubik Cube over basil, with Mediterranean Lemon Herb dressing.
Watermelon: Summer’s Perfect Fruit
While I could think of numerous salads I long for during summer, none captures my longing quite as readily as a watermelon and feta salad.
The delicious contrast of sweet, juicy watermelon, creamy salty feta cheese, over a bed of crisp greens and fresh herbs is simply summer on a plate.
While we might have to wait well into summer before the perfect sweet melons are sun kissed ready, and peak sweetness, it is so worth it.
Do be certain to buy many, cut some for now, cube and freeze many bags for later.
When you are in want of a perfect summertime, hot day cocktail or mocktail, the frozen chunks of watermelon will be ready and waiting for a scrumptious treat I call: Watermelon Cocktail or Mocktail!
Salty Feta & Sweet Watermelon
Did you know that salt makes sweets sweeter?
As a kid, growing up, I had friends that use to put salt on fruit.
That left a lasting memory of fruit with salt for me.
Fast forward, and now it’s a thing well, maybe not exactly salt on fruit, but salty things mixed with sweet things.
You know what? The salty ingredient actually makes the sweet ingredients taste sweeter in contrast.
Any green would be refreshingly complimentary in this salad but my first choice is often the dark green, gentle flavor of the spinach leaf.
The pink watermelon looks so pretty against the spinach leaf and the spinach does not compete with the juice that emits from the watermelon the way, say an iceberg lettuce would.
Watermelon For Sips
While cubes of watermelon can be cut at the same size as the feta, I love the whimsical added touch of using cookie cutters to press shapes out of the watermelon.
But, here is the catch to that; potential waste from the scraps.
Since watermelon is easy to make cutouts with, there is still more fruit that will be left behind, but now worry, we’ve got a plan for that too!
Simply gather up those scraps, puree them and use them for a cocktail or refreshing Watermelon Popsicles!
- Lemon Thyme Dressing
- Smoked dried chili flakes
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Large spoon
Looking For A Whimsical Way To Serve Watermelon Feta Salad?
As I was cutting out lots of star shapes in my watermelon for this salad, the scraps were plentiful enough to do something a little whimsical with.
Long strips of watermelon were cut into half inch cubes, and set aside.
The feta was going to be a bit more challenging to cut, so I popped the long strips of feta into the freezer for a short time.
Having cut the feta and watermelon in as exact cubes in size as I could manage, I stacked them like a Rubik Cube.
While it is not quite so easy to move, once shaped, I’d suggest stacking the cube right on top of the individual plate it will be served on and place the green salad around it!
Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe
- Cutting board and sharp knife
- 2 cups Watermelon cubed or cutouts
- 3 cups Spinach
- 4 oz Feta cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp Dried Mint
- 1/4 cup Lemon herb salad dressing homemade
- 1 tbsp Smoked dried chili flakes optional
- Toss the spinach with the mint and dressing. Place in one bowl or four individual plates.
- Arrange the watermelon and feta cheese on top. Sprinkle the chili flakes and serve.
- If going for the Rubik Cube, simply stack small cubes of watermelon and feta as is done in the Rubik cube, over a bed of dressed spinach and serve.