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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Watermelon and Feta Salad

This salad is inspired by Nigella Lawson from her 'Forever Summer' book.  I have removed the olive part because I don't like them and played around with the quantities a little but the original recipe is still there.  

I really love this salad, it is particularly nice on a hot summers day eaten cold from the fridge.  The watermelon is sweet, the feta savoury and the herbs bring out all the flavour.    The red onions are soaked in lime juice to remove their sharpness and the whole combination just works.  This salad is best eaten very cold as this brings out the freshness of the watermelon.   Served outside is best, though not compulsory.

Best not to mix it too much once you put in the feta otherwise you will scar the bright red of the watermelon with flecks of white - still very tasty but you will lose marks on the 'eat with the eyes' bit.

Watermelon and Feta Salad
inspired by Nigella Lawson

Makes one large bowl

1/2 watermelon
1 packet of feta
bunch of fresh mint (packet from supermarket - about 25g)
bunch of fresh coriander (25g again)
half red onion
one lime (juice and zest)
salt & pepper

Thinly slice the onion in to half moons and place in a small bowl.  Add the lime zest and juice, sprinkle over a good pinch of sea salt.  Mix and leave.


Carefully cut the watermelon in half and put one half away for something else (watermelon daiquiri would be good).  Cut the watermelon in to mouthful size pieces and place in a serving bowl.

Chop the mint finely and then roughly chop the coriander.  I like the coriander to be more of a salad leaf in the bowl and the mint to be the flavouring.  Add to the melon and carefully mix.

Check on the onion.  Nigella's tip with the lime removes the strong scent of the onion and replaces it with a delicate zing that I really like.  Put the onions in the bowl leaving the now pink lime juice behind (you will use it in a min)

Cut up the feta in to small chunks and dot around the top of the salad.  Don't mix it now otherwise you spoil the look of the salad.  Add ground black pepper and drizzle over the lime juice, aiming for the bits of white feta.

Leave in the fridge until ready to eat - the melon should be as cold as possible to make this salad as fresh as it can be.