Sunday, July 5, 2009

Watermelon salad

Photo: Watermelon, feta and black olive salad.

I made this take on a Greek salad last week for a dinner with friends. It's a great summer recipe and quite refreshing. Here are the details:

You'll need:

1 small red onion
2–4 limes, depending on juiciness
1.5 kg sweet, ripe watermelon
1/2 cup feta cheese
bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
bunch fresh mint, chopped
3–4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pitted black olives
black pepper

Slice the onion into thin half-moons and put them in a bowl with the limes' juice. Let soak for a good hour or more. The limes will mellow and become lovely pink.

Then cut the watermelon up into triangles/wedges about 1/2 inch thick. Combine in a large bowl with the parsley (torn) and the mint. The herbs are more like salad greens here than just flavourings. Then pour over the onions and juice, add the feta (crumbled into chunks) and olives. Add some freshly-ground pepper and a liberal splash of olive oil to combine everything together. Give a pice of salad a taste to make sure the seasonings are OK and adjust with more lime juice or oil as needed. Enjoy!

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