Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint Recipe

During what can be stiflingly hot, summer days, everyone craves cool refreshment, for both the body and tongue, whether it be by swimming in the sea, lakes, rivers or swimming pools, sipping iced tea and flavored waters, or staying indoors with the air conditioning and a cooling body treatment or facial. One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is with chilled cuisine, and a particularly refreshing dish is a unique, Watermelon Salad with Feta and  Mint, served by a Virginia B&B — the Iris Inn — to its guests.

 

Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
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Recipes: Salads
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
For the Dressing
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
For the Salad
  • 1 8-pound seedless watermelon
  • 1 -1/4 cups pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves
Method
  1. Prepare the watermelon by scooping with a melon baller or cutting into bite sized cubes, as desired. Keep chilled.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, Tabasco and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Chop the olives and onions, if using. Chop the mint.
  4. Toss the melon and salad ingredients with the dressing.
  5. Garnish with the mint and serve immediately.
Notes
We like the brine of the olives with this recipe, and, a shallot in place of the onion is a nice, mild addition for those who are not fans of onions. A lime can be used in place of lemon for a more vibrant flavor.

 


 Recipe Courtesy of:

Heidi and Dave Lanford are the hosts of the Iris Inn, in Waynesboro, Virginia.  This Virginia retreat overlooks the Shenandoah Valley from a 12-acre Blue Ridge mountain top. Celebrate your anniversary or birthday with in-room champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Surf the web with our free Wi-Fi, while unwinding on a deck swing. Soak your cares away in a two-person Jacuzzi or an outdoor hot tub, and relax with your own in-room massage. During your stay, enjoy wine tasting nearby wineries, explore hiking trails and tour the region. 


 

July 28, 2014 |

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