Simple summer recipe: Watermelon feta salad

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Did you know watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable? Crazy.

Summertime is my season. It’s hard to explain how I know this, but I feel more alive in the summer than in any other season. Maybe its because I love sunbathing. Or swimming. Or maybe it’s because I have license to eat as much watermelon as I like in the summer. Right?

IMG_3194The watermelon-feta salad is nothing new. There are tons of variations and I’ve tried many, but I always come back to this simple version. Three ingredients and a simple vinaigrette.

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Here’s a chef trick for slicing mint, basil or any other leafy ingredient…
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Roll the leaves up like a cigar and then slice across it to reveal perfect ribbons of mint.

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Watermelon Feta Salad (for two)

  • 1/4 watermelon, cubed
  • 1/2 block of fresh feta, crumbled by hand
  • Handful of mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

In a bowl, whisk together the dijon mustard and lemon juice. While one hand keeps whisking, pour in the olive oil in a steady stream until a vinaigrette forms. In another bowl, toss together watermelon, feta and mint. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top and add a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Voila.

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IMG_3209I hope you are celebrating the beginning of summer (if you live north of the equator, that is)…for now, a few links:

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