If you’re looking for a cool and refreshing salad recipe for this summer, look no further. This salad is light and sweet, with a perfect balance between fruit and vegetables. Not only is it delicious, but it also features two extremely hydrating foods – watermelon and cucumber — making it perfect for the summer. Serve it up at barbecues or throw it together at lunchtime. Either way, you’re sure to impress whoever you’re feeding.
When choosing the watermelon, pick one with a bright color. You can even vary red and yellow varieties to create an even more colorful salad.
As far as the herbs, freshness is key. If you don’t have mint on hand, you can easily substitute basil, for a dish that will be just as delicious. Just be sure that whatever you use is organic — herbs are some of the most heavily treated plants, so organic herbs are of the utmost importance!
Watermelon and Feta Salad with Cucumber and Mint
1/4 watermelon, diced into bite-sized chunks
1/2 cucumber, diced into bite-sized chunks
2 ounces feta, crumbled
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4-5 fresh mint leaves, chiffonnade
freshly ground black pepper
Toss the watermelon and cucumber together in a large bowl. Sprinkle the cheese on top and season with olive oil, lime juice and black pepper. Sprinkle the chiffonnade of mint leaves over the top of the salad as a garnish.
The colors of the salad look best before tossing, so if you’re making this for company, I recommend serving like this and tossing at the table. Alternatively, you can toss the watermelon and cucumber with the oil, lime juice, salt and pepper and then add the cheese and mint at the end.
Image: Emily Monaco