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 Olives|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Cuisine: North African
Published on August 14, 2007
Sweet, tart and salty flavors combine in this unusual but refreshing and delicious summer salad