I bought this massive watermelon over the weekend. On opening the boot of my car, this watermelon just came rolling out and fell to the lawn. Well need I say it split open, so it was pretty much decided there and then that watermelon would be lunch that day! It actually was the perfect solution to a crazy hot day here in South Africa.
I quickly hauled out my recipe file where I knew I had been storing this watermelon salad recipe. I have been dying to do this salad for years…in fact I first set my eyes on this recipe in 2005 !!! Yes, it has taken me ten years to finally get my A into G and do this recipe….Okay, lets just not go there as procrastination, clearly is my second name.
This salad truly is ideal for those summer months, and those hot, scorching days. It is quick and easy to prepare with not too many ingredients at all.
I have deviated slightly from the original and have added my personal touch to it. I have suggested that the recipe below will serve two people. I did not measure out the chopped watermelon, so just chop accordingly for as many people you are wanting to serve. I have added almonds which for me are imperative for that extra added crunch. Also, the recipe did come with a spicy dressing. I personally did not find the dressing necessary as felt it overpowered the flavours and natural tastes of the salad, so I have not included that. I also, have added sliced avocado pear as an option to the salad, as watermelon and avocado pear actually compliment each other, but again, this is entirely up to you. I served the avocado as a side to the salad, which worked quite well.
This salad is different, not your usual run of the mill kind of salad and could quite easily serve as an appetizer or starter as well.
Watermelon and Feta Salad
Preparation time: 15 minutes
7 small radishes
handful of fresh mint leaves (stalks discarded)
handful of fresh rocket leaves
handful of fresh coriander leaves
100 grams feta cheese, crumbled
handful of raw almonds
couple slices of avocado pear, optional
a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice for the avocado pear, optional
Dry toast the almonds, by adding them to a small pan on a medium heat. Continuously keep stirring around to prevent burning. Once nicely toasted, remove from the stove top and set aside.
Chop up the watermelon into small pieces and place into a bowl.
With your spiralizer, slice up the radishes into thin threads. If you do not have a spiralizer, just slice up the radishes as thinly as possible.
Place the spiralized or sliced radishes, mint, parsley and coriander in the bowl with the watermelon.
Add the crumbled feta.
Top with the dry toasted almonds and rocket.
Serve with a few slices of avocado pear and a dash of lemon juice (optional)