Yes, I know it sounds a little bit adventurous. Watermelon salad with red onion and feta? But before you pass this recipe by, let me assure you that it’s really a very delicious and simple side salad! You’ll be surprised how well these flavors go together, and you’ll love how fresh and cool this salad is on a hot day. I admit, I really wasn’t sure I’d like it myself. But it was served to me by someone who’s never steered me wrong, and sure enough…I loved it, and it’s become a family favorite.
Like many well-loved summer favorites, this salad starts with just a few simple, fresh ingredients. It’s summer, and it’s hot outside…I don’t want to be standing over a hot stove or spending a hour prepping a complicated salad. I love recipes that involve garden-fresh fruits and veggies, or items I can pick up at the farmer’s market while they’re in season. Letting the taste of the produce shine through by adding little else is a great way to really savor the bounty that’s available this time of the year. Dressings can be light, just a squeeze of lemon or a dash of vinegar will go a long way towards bringing out the taste of your fruit or vegetables without overpowering the delicate layers of flavor that are naturally there!
That’s one of the things I really like about this salad. Ice-cold cubed watermelon, thinly sliced red onion, and a sprinkle of fresh organic feta cheese go in first. Then, snip in some fresh herbs from the garden…we’ve made this salad using mint or basil, and both worked well. The mint gives you a very fresh, cool flavor. Basil gives you a little more savory feel…decide what sounds good to you, or go by what’s growing in your garden. Snip a little over the salad, add a splash of balsamic or red wine vinegar (I like red wine vinegar with mint, and balsamic with basil) and toss it well. You’re ready to serve! It’s that simple. Even though it may seem a little strange to serve sweet watermelon with savory red onion, you’ll find that the flavors really complement each other and the salad is a fast, fresh way to bring something exotic but easy to your table. Give it a try!
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What’s your favorite fresh and easy summer salad?