You may not think to serve sweet watermelon with salty feta cheese, but the combination is actually quite tasty and refreshing. It is also a Greek favorite in the summer and is eaten as a snack or a light meal. This variation includes paper-thin slices of red onion and a touch of balsamic vinegar to turn this fabulous taste combination into something truly memorable.
This salad is the perfect dish to bring to a cookout or picnic since there is no lettuce that will get soggy. It is also a bit out of the ordinary and will add color to any buffet table while offering guests something different and delicious.
- Place the watermelon in a bowl, top with most of the onions, and then add the feta cheese.
- Place the remaining onions on top.
- Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and serve.
Tips and Variations
Make sure to buy a seedless watermelon so you are not stuck removing the seeds before cutting it up. You can cube the watermelon, or for an even prettier presentation, use a melon baller to make perfect spheres of fruit.
If you prefer the feta cheese to get somewhat creamy and meld into the dressing, then you should use crumbled feta; but if you would rather have the cheese remain separate and firm, make sure to use cubed feta cheese. You can also add it at the very end, after you have dressed the watermelon and onions with the balsamic vinegar, to keep it from getting mushy.
If you would like to make this salad truly Greek, include some Kalamata olives and thinly sliced cucumber. You can swap out the balsamic for a simple drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and squeeze of lemon juice. The addition of some fresh mint for a bit of green and brightness is always a welcome touch.
Picking a Juicy, Ripe Watermelon
Even when a watermelon is halved or quartered and you can see the red flesh, it can be difficult to tell if the fruit is going to be juicy and sweet. If you are buying a whole watermelon, it is even more challenging. But with a few tips, you should feel confident about choosing a watermelon that is going to make your salad special. You want to find a watermelon that is dark in color and not shiny, as well as symmetrical in shape. A shiny watermelon can mean it is underripe, and one with irregular bumps means it didn't receive an even amount of sun and water while it was growing. And make sure you lift the watermelon up and compare with others—a ripe watermelon will be heavy, meaning it is full of water, and thus juice.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||8 g|
|Saturated Fat||6 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||2 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|