Watermelon & Feta Salad With Olives

Watermelon & Feta Salad With Olives

The juicy sweetness of watermelon may sound like an odd flavor to combine with Feta cheese and olives, but they are all common and beloved flavors in the heat of the North African summer, from where this recipe is inspired. And, as it turns out, when mixed with coolness of some fresh mint leaves and the tartness of limes, watermelon and Feta cheese and olives actually go together to make one of the most lovely, delicious and refreshing summer treats I've ever had, not to mention one of the easiest and fastest to put together. I'd go so far as to say that this salad is essential if you're having a Mediterranean-themed get-together in the summer, either right before or after the main course. Just make sure to keep it cool until it is served and eat within a short time of serving.

Don't be tempted to use lemon juice instead of fresh limes, as the limes make all the difference in the dressing. I prefer colossal Kalamata olives over any other kind, but black olives will work in this salad as well. But if you can, find top-quality imported Greek sheep's milk Feta for its extra zing instead of domestic cow or goat cheese. If you live in or near London, the best Feta and olives I've found are at the Perfect Bakery on Hamilton Road.

Watermelon & feta salad with olivesWatermelon & Feta Salad with Olives
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Cuisine: North African
Published on August 14, 2007

Sweet, tart and salty flavors combine in this unusual but refreshing and delicious summer salad

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  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) seedless watermelon (1 small melon or 1/4 large melon)
  • 8 oz (225 g) Feta cheese
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 4 limes
  • Cut the watermelon into bite-sized cubes and let sit in a strainer over a bowl in the refrigerator for an hour or more to reduce excess water.

  • Arrange the watermelon cubes in a large shallow serving dish. Crumble the Feta cheese over the watermelon and sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper. Arrange the olives over the top and scatter the mint leaves on the salad.

  • Whisk together the olive oil and lime juice and drizzle over the salad. Serve right away or chilled for a short time.

Makes 8 servings
Watermelon & Feta Salad With Olives


Sharmi said...

the salad looks so refreshing and beautiful. very nice picture.

Nirmala said...

I love watermelon. I'm going to have to try this! It's gorgeous.

fruitspecies said...

That's a nice combination of salad, yummy! Cheers from Fruity

Jul said...

Sounds like a really interesting combination of flavors!

Veggie said...

i had to try this strange combination. it's quite good but not the next day (it goes slimy), this should be eaten fresh.

otehlia cassidy said...

this sounds great!I loved all of the fresh, cheap watermelon in West Africa ad this is such a great way to play it up. Thanks for your great vegetarian recipes.