After a very hot and sunny weekend, I think it’s safe to say that Summer has arrived! When days get hot and humid, I like to enjoy food that is light and refreshing… like Watermelon Salad with Feta and Basil! This dish combines fresh, simple summer flavors in a way that feels complex without being too rich or heavy.
- One large Watermelon
- Fresh Basil leaves
- Feta Cheese
- Olive Oil
– Cut the watermelon into bite-sized cubes and put in a bowl. (If anyone knows a quick & easy way to do this part, I would LOVE to know your secret!)
– Tear or mill about a cup of FRESH basil leaves and add to the bowl. I use an herb mill and absolutely love it!
– Crumble feta cheese on top of the watermelon cubes and torn basil. I used about 1/2 a block of feta, but you can add more if you want a richer taste. As you add more cheese, you will start to lose some of the watermelon taste, and the salad will get pretty milky, so don’t go too crazy with it!
– Drizzle the ingredients with olive oil, add coarse salt & freshly ground pepper to taste, then toss everything together!
The result is a refreshing and unexpected combination of flavors and textures. I look forward to making this salad every summer… especially to take on picnics or to enjoy at an outdoor concert!