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Watermelon and Feta Salad

DaisyM Jun 22, 2009 04:46 AM

I just got two packages of Pastures of Eden feta at Trader Joe's. It is absolutely delicious and now I'd like to figure out other things to make with it besides greek salad and Israeli cous cous salad.

I've never tried a watermelon salad and would love to give it a shot. Does anyone have a great recipe that includes feta? Any hints on making the salad (how far in advance, etc) would be most appreciated.

Thank you!

  1. scubadoo97 Jun 22, 2009 05:27 AM

    Don't need too much of a recipe. For a nice presentation stack alternating planks of watermelon and feta. Season with some very good EVOO/balsalmic or balsalmic reduction or sherry vinegar and basil. Lemon basil is my favorite for this. You can also cube them and toss with herbs and dressing.

    1. lynnlato Jun 22, 2009 05:27 AM

      I love watermelon and feta salad! A local Greek/Mediterranean resto near me makes this. They toss the chunks of watermelon w/ Feta, arugula, pine nuts, shaved fennel & shallots, and champagne vinaigrette. I think a simple balsamic vinaigrette would be just as tasty.

      I wouldn't make it too far in advance - at least not dressed. I think you would be fine to toss the greens, cheese, fennel, nuts together, chunk the watermelon in a separate container and then toss all together in the dressing a half hour before serving.

      Its a great summer salad. Enjoy.

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      1. re: lynnlato
        hotoynoodle Jun 22, 2009 06:09 AM

        it's not something that holds well, because the melon weeps so much.

        i like it pretty simple, just the melon, feta, black olive and mint with a little olive oil.

        feta is also nice whipped with roasted garlic; as a garnish on orzo salad; or on flatbread pizza with sauteed mushrooms and black olives.

        1. re: hotoynoodle
          DaisyM Jun 22, 2009 06:14 AM

          Do you put the feta and roasted garlic in a food processor to whip it? It sounds like such a great idea!

          1. re: DaisyM
            hotoynoodle Jun 22, 2009 11:55 AM

            yup. killer easy. you'll likely need a little olive oil to "loosen" it.

            it's great on toasted bread or on pasta.

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        ziggylu Jun 22, 2009 05:29 AM

        I really like Nigella's recipe for watermelon feta salad: http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_...

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        1. re: ziggylu
          mcel215 Jun 22, 2009 05:33 AM

          I second Nigella's recipe.

          1. re: mcel215
            oakjoan Jun 22, 2009 10:10 PM

            I was just about to post when I saw ziggylu's mention of the great Nigella recipe for watermelon and feta salad. And thanks for posting the link to the recipe. I'm sure this recipe is to be found several times in the past couple of years, but this is so much more convenient!

            1. re: oakjoan
              Cinnamon Jun 23, 2009 09:43 PM

              OK, I hate doing this but: I tried that recipe and really didn't like it - it ended up just 'meh' to me. Sure, it could have had to do with the potency of the ingredients or whatever, and I know I'm outvoted here.

          2. re: ziggylu
            ola Jul 6, 2010 12:16 PM

            I third the nomination. I've made Nigella's salad countless times and it is always wonderful.

          3. CreativeFoodie42 Jun 22, 2009 06:11 AM

            I think the key is to use a combination of good balsamic and EVOO because the feta and the watermelon really highlight those two ingredients.

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            1. re: CreativeFoodie42
              scubadoo97 Jun 22, 2009 09:52 AM


            2. maria lorraine Jun 22, 2009 08:00 PM

              I regularly use the Pastures of Eden in Watermelon Salad. I melon-ball the watermelon,
              crumble the feta, add in a couple of good handfuls of arugula and spritz with a balsamic reduction. Heaven.

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              1. re: maria lorraine
                moh Jun 22, 2009 09:50 PM

                Maria Lorraine, when you say balsamic reduction, do you just mean you reduce some balsamic until it thickens? Or can you use aged balsamic that is already pretty thick? And no EVOO?

                1. re: moh
                  janeh Jun 22, 2009 10:38 PM

                  I just combine watermelon, cucumber, feta and a little fresh mint - no dressing at all. Perfect and refreshing on a hot summer day.

                  1. re: moh
                    maria lorraine Jun 22, 2009 10:48 PM

                    Hi, Moh. Here's what I do:

                    1. re: maria lorraine
                      moh Jun 23, 2009 07:10 PM

                      Thank you Maria Lorraine! I have this feeling I am going to love the reduced balsamic on the feta. That combined with refreshing watermelon is a recipe perfect for the hot weather we are finally having.

                      1. re: moh
                        maria lorraine Jun 23, 2009 07:15 PM

                        I forgot to add: a light dusting of freshly cracked pepper.

                        And, to gild the lily, a *small* touch of mint chiffonade.

                2. raygunclan Jun 23, 2009 11:05 AM

                  my daughters and i were just watching "next food network star" and one of the contestants made this salad. the panel wasn't a fan and he then told them that he got it out of a paula deen cookbook. i thought that bobby flay was going to send him home for that alone! (c:

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                    vcavett Jun 23, 2009 06:51 PM

                    I love really thinly sliced red onions on my watermelon / feta salad - and sometimes chopped black olives.

                    1. foxy fairy Jul 7, 2009 08:46 PM

                      Here's a link to some enthusiastic discussion around the Nigella watermelon feta salad mentioned by ziggylu above, from when we cooked from Forever Summer for Cookbook of the Month a couple of years ago. A whole giddy bunch of us were raving about that salad! Her recipe includes mint, parsley, red onions marinated in lime juice, and a little olive oil. I like the simplicity of the dressing -- just a BURST of flavors! I like it served very very cold. ICY.


                      1. operagirl Jul 5, 2010 04:55 PM

                        Just figured I'd bump this thread as a reminder -- watermelon is in season and this combination ROCKS! I simply cut up watermelon into bite-sized pieces, then topped it with Bulgarian sheep's milk feta and chives snipped from the garden. Awesome.


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                        1. re: operagirl
                          ChristinaMason Jul 5, 2010 05:02 PM

                          Thanks! I am eager for some good watermelon and feta now!

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                          valerie Jul 6, 2010 05:48 PM

                          I really wanted to like this salad, but as I stated in another thread, I made it for my 4th of July party and I didn't like it, and most of my guests didn't either. Maybe I did something wrong, but I doubt it. Not because I'm such a fabulous cook, but because Nigella's recipe is so easy. The watermelon itself was so juicy and delicious, it was almost a shame to mix it with anything else.

                          I don't know, I just didn't get it.

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                          1. re: valerie
                            operagirl Jul 6, 2010 08:14 PM

                            Hi Valerie --

                            I haven't tried Nigella's recipe, I've only had watermelon with feta and chives, no other ingredients. Maybe this simpler version would agree with you more?

                            1. re: valerie
                              scubadoo97 Jul 7, 2010 06:22 AM

                              Valerie there are big differences between available feta cheeses. Some of the grocery store ones are very dry, bitter with very sour off tastes. I'm a fan of French and Bulgarian Feta or "white cheese" to those that cry these are not true feta cheeses. Commercial "feta" can also be made from sheep, goat and even cows milk. Again some of these may not be thought of as true feta by definition.

                              1. re: scubadoo97
                                operagirl Jul 7, 2010 11:48 AM

                                Yes! My favorite is Bulgarian sheep's milk feta. It's so creamy and wonderful.

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