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Watermelon Feta Mint Salad, a recent and scrumptious salad with the right steadiness of candy and salty.

Early January is the time when most individuals are attempting their hardest to get again into the swing of wholesome consuming after the festive interval. After I lived in Scotland I discovered the best approach to do that was to make pots of soup, full of veggies. Now that I stay in Australia it’s all concerning the recent salads and this Watermelon Feta Mint Salad is ideal for the recent climate we’re having in the intervening time.

watermelon feta mint salad on serving plate

Scripting this publish, I realised that I’ve by no means shared a salad recipe on this website earlier than. That is regardless of the very fact we eat them often. My salads are typically thrown collectively utilizing no matter I’ve handy and I hardly ever make the identical one twice.

This Watermelon Feta Mint salad, nevertheless, is one thing we now have often. The youngsters love that it has each fruit and cheese in it and I really like how recent it tastes.

I typically make this salad with small, cubed watermelon and cucumber items with finely chopped mint. It’s scrumptious that approach however recently, I’ve most well-liked to serve it chunkier like the image. The principle purpose is that my youngest could be choosy in the case of herbs and leaves. If every thing is chopped small it’s more durable for him to keep away from the elements he dislikes. If I maintain the substances bigger it’s simpler for him to see and pick the elements that he loves (every thing however the mint).

I select to do that slightly than making a separate salad with out the leaves. I need him to be uncovered to meals objects that he doesn’t like on first presentation. It takes time and publicity for teenagers to develop to love sure meals. I by no means drive him to eat the leaves however regularly provide them to him. Having them on his plate for him to strive,  will hopefully lead to him rising to like them.

child grabbing piece of watermelon from salad plate

Methods to Select a Watermelon

As watermelon is likely one of the fundamental substances on this recipe, it’s important that you’ve got a great one for this salad. When selecting, bear in mind these prime tricks to decide an ideal watermelon.

  1. Decide the melon up, it ought to really feel heavy for its measurement. This means that it is stuffed with water and due to this fact absolutely ripe.
  2. Have a look at the color, the pores and skin ought to be darkish inexperienced in color and uninteresting slightly than shiny. Shiny pores and skin can point out that the watermelon in underneath ripe.
  3. Search for the yellow spot (area spot). The underside of the watermelon ought to have a creamy yellow spot from the place it rested on the bottom, ripening within the solar. The darker the spot the higher. Don’t decide melon if it has a white area spot, or if the sector spot is non-existent.
  4. Faucet the underside of the watermelon. A ripe watermelon could have a hole sound,  however a uninteresting sound means it’s underneath ripe. (Individuals swear by this trick however I’ve by no means fairly figured it out).

Methods to Minimize a Watermelon into Fingers

The best approach, I discover, to lower a watermelon into fingers is to:

  1. Minimize the melon in half and lay lower facet on the desk
  2. Take away the ends after which slice the watermelon into strips vertically,
  3. Flip and slice once more horizontally. The watermelon will collapse into fingers.

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What to Search for When Shopping for Feta Cheese

Simply as it is very important decide a great watermelon for this salad additionally it is important that you simply get good feta cheese. It makes all of the distinction. When selecting feta:

  1. Have a look at the ingredient record. It ought to include only a few substances – sheeps milk, rennet and salt. Feta made with cows milk isn’t actually Feta. It may be dry and crumbly and doesn’t have the identical creamy texture.
  2. Have a look at the origin. Select Greek Feta every time doable and should you can’t discover Greek Feta then a minimum of be sure it’s created from sheep’s milk.

What Cucumbers Ought to You Use

I like to make use of Persian cucumbers as I discover them a nice measurement. For this recipe, merely slice them in half, vertically after which once more into quarters. Persian cucumbers have fairly a skinny pores and skin, making them simple to chew and their gentle, barely candy, style works completely with the opposite substances on this salad. Their delicate, but agency texture additionally lends itself effectively to this salad.

You’ll be able to simply substitute the Persian Cucumber with Continental / English Cucumber. They’ve comparable properties however are longer in size. Qukes would additionally work very well.

Methods to Assemble Watermelon Feta Mint Salad

To assemble the salad begin by arranging the cucumber and watermelon fingers on a serving plate. Prime with feta and mint leaves, then drizzle with dressing.  Really easy but so scrumptious!How to prepare watermelon and cucumber for salad

I’ve used a easy lemon and olive oil dressing on this recipe, the children adore it and it enhances the flavours of the salad. A balsamic dressing additionally tastes wonderful with this salad.

Plate of watermelon feta mint salad with dressing on the side

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watermelon feta mint salad on serving plate

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad Recipe

A refreshing salad with an ideal steadiness of sweetness from the watermelon, saltiness from the feta and freshness from the cucumber and mint. 

Elements

  • 700g (1/Four giant) Watermelon (lower into fingers and rind eliminated) * See above for directions
  • 2 Lebanese Cucumbers (lower lengthways into quarters) * See above illustration
  • 100g 3.5 oz Feta cheese
  • 12g 1/Four cup Mint Leaves
  • 3 tbsp Further Virgin Olive Oil
  • half of Lemon

Directions

  1. Organize the watermelon and cucumber on a serving dish. Crumble the feta on prime after which the mint leaves.

  2. To make the dressing squeeze the juice from the lemon right into a small bowl, utilizing your fingers to catch the pips.  

  3. Add the oil and whisk till mixed. Season to style. 

Recipe Notes

Dietary data is an ESTIMATE solely, calculated utilizing a web based calculator. It ought to be used as a GUIDE solely. 

Diet Information

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad Recipe

Quantity Per Serving (1 of 6)

Energy 153 Energy from Fats 97

% Every day Worth*

Fats 10.8g17%

Ldl cholesterol 14.8mg5%

Sodium 155.5mg6%

Carbohydrates 12.8g4%

Sugar 9.3g10%

Protein 3.6g7%

* % Every day Values are primarily based on a 2000 calorie diet.