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Recipe: Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad

If you ever had watermelon in the dead of winter, you know that the pale pink fruit can’t compete with those melons picked in the middle of summer. Given that watermelon reaches its peak of freshness in the summer, it isn’t surprising that you’ll see larger and brighter looking melons in your local grocery store starting in May and lasting until September. Fresh watermelon is so sweet and juicy that it often doesn’t need any accompaniment. You’ll love thick slices of the fruit served cold or frozen. The sweetness of that fruit works particularly well with the saltiness of feta cheese. Instead of sticking with your boring and dull salads this summer, try a fresh and delicious watermelon and feta salad.

How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon

It often seems like everyone has his or her own perfect method of picking a watermelon, but many shoppers rely on the thud test. While holding a watermelon in one hand, give it a soft thump or whack with your hand. The best melons are those that give off a slightly hollow sound. This indicates that the fruit is less compact and that there is more water inside. Others rely on their noses. They claim that a fresh watermelon gives off a slightly fruity and floral scent. You can also ask the produce guy or gal at your store for help. If all else fails, just grab a pack of sliced and prepared watermelon.

Ingredients for Watermelon and Feta Salad

The only ingredients you really need for a delicious watermelon and feta salad is watermelon and some good quality feta cheese. If you can’t find feta in your local grocery store, try searching at a cheese shop. Feta is a type of Greek cheese that crumbles in your hands and has a rich salty flavor.

Putting the Salad Together

Cut your watermelon into large chunks that are one to three inches in size. You want the melon small enough that you can eat a piece in one bite. Some people like removing the seeds, but those seeds add a nice crunch and contrast to this salad. Place approximately three cups of the watermelon on a large tray. Break the feta into small pieces until you have 1 to 1 ½ cups of cheese. Sprinkle the cheese directly on top of the watermelon. You can add a little hot sauce or red pepper flakes for heat and any other spices or seasonings that you like. Have fun experimenting with different seasonings to make your own perfect salad.

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