Growing up in the heart of Egypt, summer meant indulging in the simplest yet most satisfying treats.
For me, it was a marriage of flavors the luscious sweetness of watermelon paired with the bold tang of feta cheese. Today, I will share easy, wholesome recipes bursting with the rich flavors of the Mediterranean.
For the Salad:
- 1 whole watermelon
- Fresh mint leaves (approximately 15 leaves)
- Fresh basil leaves
For the Dressing:
- Good-quality honey (preferably from a farmers market)
- Lime juice
- Greek extra-virgin olive oil
- A pinch of salt
How to prepare the salad
Now, for the genius method of cutting the watermelon. Flip the half over, remove the skin, and slice away. I prefer smaller, manageable pieces for easy fork handling.
With our perfectly cut watermelon, it’s time to assemble the salad. Alongside the cucumbers, we’ll introduce a burst of summer freshness with mint and basil. Chop the herbs like a pro, and let the vibrant colors and fragrances infuse the dish.
To elevate the flavors, a zesty dressing is in order. I blend good honey, freshly squeezed lime juice (thanks to a mysterious kitchen gadget), Greek extra-virgin olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Drizzle this over the salad, gently toss, and witness the magic unfold.
Watermelon salad FAQ
Can I use a different type of cheese in the Mediterranean Watermelon Salad?
While feta cheese adds a wonderful creaminess and saltiness to the salad, you can experiment with other cheeses like goat cheese or even a mild blue cheese for a unique twist. Adjust according to your taste preferences.
How long can I store the Mediterranean Watermelon Salad?
For optimal freshness, it’s recommended to consume the salad within 1-2 days. The watermelon tends to release juices over time, affecting the salad’s texture. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Are there any alternatives to the lime and honey dressing?
If you prefer a different flavor profile, you can swap lime for lemon and honey for balsamic vinegar. Experiment with different combinations to find the dressing that suits your taste buds best.
Can I prepare the Mediterranean Watermelon Salad in advance for a party?
Yes, you can prepare most of the components in advance, such as cutting the watermelon and chopping the herbs. However, it’s recommended to add the dressing and feta cheese just before serving to maintain the salad’s freshness and texture.
Can I make the salad without any added salt?
You can customize the salt content to your liking. The feta cheese contributes a salty element, so you can reduce or omit the additional salt in the dressing if you are looking to lower the sodium content. Adjust according to your dietary preferences.