Watermelon Greek Salad

IMG_2667The first time I was served this salad I was pleasantly surprised! I had always been a fan of Greek food, but, not being a fan of raw tomatoes, my plate was always missing something.

This Watermelon Greek Salad has all the usual Greek salad fixing – including feta and Kalamata olives – but simply substitutes watermelon for tomatoes.

The combination of fresh herbs, sweet crisp watermelon, salty olives and tangy feta cheese is addictive! Even the most skeptical eaters – some people have difficulty wrapping their minds around fruit as savory dish – will be instantly converted.

I believe the recipe originated with Nigela Lawson, but the version I make is actually based on memory from when my neighbour listed off the ingredients more than ten years ago at that first tasting. I’ve been making this salad ever since and its possible that the quantities have changed over the years to suit our taste. If I had to guess, I’ve probably increased the ratio of olives, feta and herbs to watermelon. So feel free to do the same and adapt it so that you get your favourite morsal with each bite!

I think you’ll agree that Watermelon Greet Salad makes a light and refreshing side for Souvlaki – especially when it’s hot off the grill. It is BBQ season after all!

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

1 SMALL WATERMELON CUT INTO 1 INCH CUBES (approximately 4 cups)

1 CUP RED ONION SLICED

1 CUP DICED FETA

1 CUP KALAMATA OLIVES PITTED AND HALVED

1/2 CUP MINT LEAVES

1/2 CUP PARSLEY LEAVES

JUICE OF TWO LIMES (APPROX 1/4 CUP)

1/4 CUP OLIVE OIL

DIRECTIONS:

Soak the sliced red onion in the lime juice to cut the bitterness and bring out the sweetness.

Meanwhile, chop all remaining ingredients and combine in a large salad bowl.

Top with soaked onions and olive oil and toss together.

Prep Time: 15 min

Cooking Time: 0 min

 

 

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