Watermelon, Cucumber, Olive and Feta Salad
Living in a country where the sun likes to play hide and seek, it has gotten me to learn the real meaning of sun over these years. Sun means happiness to me. When I see the sun coming out to play, I feel motivated and happier than the usual grey, cloudy, and windy day. Well, it’s not only me that feels differently when the sun shines. I suppose, fruits and vegetables are happier too as the sun makes them tastier and sweeter.
Salad is great, not only it’s easy to prepare but delicious and healthy to eat. I especially love making salad during summer and eat it as a meal on its own (with lots of ingredients of course) or make small and light salad to eat as starter. Either way, I think it’s a great way to eat fresh vegetables and fruits!
Watermelon is one of my favourite fruits. Since young, watermelon has managed to make it to my top 10 list of favourite fruits! I love eating it slightly chilled. Even so, I have never used watermelon in salad. I have seen some recipes using watermelon as one of the main ingredients in salad accompanied with feta cheese. I blogged about Greek salad a while ago. This is one of the salads that I have been making from time to time. Reason being the tastiness and its simplicity!
Like Greek salad, Feta cheese is important in this salad too. Try to get the best Feta cheese that you could find. Normally when I buy Feta cheese, I look for those that are imported from Greece. Same goes for Greek yoghurt.
Well, a little more about watermelon. Like I mentioned just now, it’s one of my favourites. I am very particular as I prefer the seedless watermelon. I really find it troublesome to spit out the seeds! Too bad that the one I bought wasn’t seedless. Arggggh! Anyway, I like to slice into chunky cubes and discard the rind. I also love to make it into juice. The other way to eat watermelon is to slice it into small and thin triangle shape with the rind on. Recently, I came across a post about the best way to serve watermelon on My Simple Food. I got really excited and thought that was a great idea!
If you like salad, watermelon or any of the ingredients in this salad, you will enjoy this very summery dish!
For the Watermelon, Cucumber, Olive and Feta Salad:
1/2 small watermelon, cut cubes
200g feta cheese
2-3 purple radish, thinly sliced
1/2 cucumber, cut into cubes
60g pitted black olives
a small bunch fresh mint
For the Dressing:
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2-3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. For the watermelon, you can cut into square or use either a melon baller or a tablespoon to create scallops along the watermelon flesh of the watermelon.
2. In 4 individual bowls, arrange equal and enough portion of watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese, sliced radish and black olives.
3. To prepare the dressing, combine all dressing ingredients in a jam jar. Cover and give it a good shake.
4. Drizzle enough dressing onto each portion of salad in each bowl. Garnish with some mint before serving.