Sweet watermelon, salty feta cheese, on a bed of healthy greens and my favorite Lemon Thyme dressing makes this the perfect summertime accompaniment to any meal or enjoyed all by itself!
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 the delicious contrast of sweet, juicy watermelon, creamy, salty feta cheese, over a bed of crisp greens and fresh herbs.
While we might have to wait until 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 and 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. Eew! That was my lasting memory of fruit with salt.
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, unless you are clever enough to have already planned to save them for a refreshing and impressive summer Watermelon Cocktail
- Lemon Thyme Dressing
- Smoked dried chili flakes
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Large spoon
Watermelon And Feta Salad RecipeCourse: SaladsCuisine: American
Sweet watermelon, salty feta cheese, on a bed of healthy greens and my favorite Lemon Thyme dressing.
Watermelon – 2 cups, cubed or cutouts
Spinach – 3 cups, washed and spun dry
Feta – 4 ounces, cut into cubes
Lemon Thyme Dressing – 1/4 cup
Smoked dried chili flakes – 1 tablespoon, (optional)
- Toss the spinach with the dressing. Place in one bowl or four individual plates.
- Arrange the watermelon and feta cheese on top. Sprinkle the chili flakes and serve.