What would summer be without watermelon? Like peaches and nectarines, watermelon is a summer fruit that I never think to have in any other season, so it’s always associated with summer in my mind. This also may be why it’s my favourite fruit.
We’ve all had slices of watermelon as a snack or dessert in the summer, but watermelon can also be served as a side dish during a meal. I would never think to create a salad using watermelon as the main ingredient, but after having a similar dish in a restaurant, I became one of the converted.
This simple watermelon, basil, and feta salad recipe is light, but packs a lot of flavour thanks to the sharp basil and rich feta cheese. You can switch out the lime juice for a balsamic reduction or rice vinegar if you prefer. And feel free to add a bit of sliced red onion as well. This salad is a great accompaniment to anything off the grill, so bring it with you to summer cookouts, BBQs, and picnics. You’ll soon see what all the fuss is about and will quickly become a loyal fan of this delicious, summer fruit.
- 3.5 pound watermelon
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ½ cup fresh basil, sliced into thin strips
- 4 oz feta cheese, broken into large pieces
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Remove the rind and seeds from the watermelon and cut it into 1” cubes. This should yield 6 cups of watermelon.
- In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, half of the basil, and lime juice. Toss gently to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately or chill until ready to eat. Divide the salad onto 4 plates. Top with the remaining basil and feta cheese.