Cool, Refreshing Watermelon Salad Recipe

Cool, refreshing watermelon salad
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    15 mins
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The watermelon salad is one of the most refreshing summertime treats. The cool, crisp, sweetness of the watermelon pairs beautifully with fresh mint and tangy feta cheese. But what then?

Well, on one hand, maybe that's it. Some baby greens and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette might be all you need. You could even add Nicoise or kalamata olives. In fact, you may well discover that your watermelon salad has become another kind of salad altogether. Like a Greek salad with watermelon.

One thing I know for sure is that some thinly sliced red onion is going to add a welcome piquancy to the salad. But you know what? You could substitute thinly sliced fennel for the onion and get a different but also completely wonderful result.

One suggestion I will make, however, is that you not add any other fruit. I know, I know, tomatoes are a "fruit," and so are olives. But what I mean is, don't go adding grapes or berries or some other kind of melon. You're straying into fruit salad territory there, which is a completely different animal.

Note: If you can, if there's room in your fridge, it helps to start with a chilled watermelon.

What You'll Need

  • ½ medium watermelon
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ red onion, sliced very thin
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 handful baby greens

How to Make It

  1. In a glass bowl, combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and whisk until combined.
  2. Slice the watermelon and remove the rind, trimming away the pale flesh adjacent to the rind, leaving only the sweet, bright red flesh.
  3. Cut the watermelon into large dice, or approximately ¾-inch cubes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, onion, and any other ingredients (tomatoes, cucumbers, olives) you have decided to use, along with the mint and baby greens.
  1. Drizzle the salad with the vinaigrette and gently toss so that everything is evenly coated. Serve right away on chilled plates.