Friday, August 14, 2020

Summer Fresh Recipe Series: Watermelon Salad Mediterranean Style

Sweet juicy watermelon with salty feta and cool cucumbers make a great tasting Mediterranean style salad.  Mix in some fresh herbs and toss it with a honey vinaigrette and you have summer in a bowl!

We've been eating a lot of Mediterranean style dishes this summer and this side dish is a perfect addition.  One of my favorite bloggers is Suzy from The Mediterranean Dish and this is one of her wonderful recipes.  Truly, all of her recipes are amazing so head over there and take a look around.


Watermelon Salad is one of those dishes that has that sweet and salty combo going on and it is fabulous!  This variation of the traditional salad is more sophisticated by including cool cucumbers and chopped basil and mint.  Both herbs bring out the sweetness of the watermelon and pair perfectly with the salad.  Cucumbers are cool and crispy and filled with water just as watermelon is.  They are a great match.  And then she goes a step further by dousing the whole salad in a tart honey lime vinaigrette.  Delishhhh!

This is the go-to dish this summer that pairs with any main dish you are serving.  Plus it's light and fresh and is so easy to throw together.  As my 13th installment in my Summer Fresh Recipe Series that focuses on easy, light dishes using fresh summer ingredients, you can't have a summer without watermelon, and this salad.  It's that good!


Summer Fresh Recipe Series

Watermelon Salad Mediterranean Style

serves 4-6

For the Honey Vinaigrette
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp lime juice
1 to 2 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil 
pinch of salt

For the Watermelon Salad
1/2 mini watermelon, peeled, cut into cubes
1 English cucumber, cubed (about 2 cupfuls of cubed cucumbers)
15 fresh mint leaves, chopped
15 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, more to your liking

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lime juice, olive oil and pinch of salt. Set aside for a moment.

In a large bowl or serving platter with sides, combine the watermelon, cucumbers, and fresh herbs.

Top the watermelon salad with the honey vinaigrette and gently toss to combine. Top with the feta cheese and serve!

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