This is a salad I have making quite a lot recently because not only does it have fresh flavours but it also has interesting textures which makes eating this salad a complete joy. First you have the watermelon which may seem a bit unusual to include in a salad but it gives a lovely sweetness which does not overpower the rest of the ingredients. Then there is the feta cheese which is salty and crumbly and gives a nice contrast to the watermelon. The mint elevates the flavours to another level and the chilli contrasts the coolness of the mint flavour.
All in all your taste buds will be singing and dancing and because it is a salad it makes for a light meal which is also good on the calories. Here in Gibraltar we tend to get spearmint (hierbabuena) sold in the supermarkets and food stalls, although mint will work just as well. It is important to rinse the feta cheese block under running water to remove extra saltiness (this tip was given to me by a Turkish friend of mine so I trust it and it works).
- 150g watermelon
- 50g cucumber
- 75g feta cheese
- 1 tbsp chopped mint or spearmint
- 1 mild red chilli
- 2 handfuls of salad leaves
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- squeeze of lemon juice or lime juice
- sprinkling of dried dill
- Dice the watermelon and cucumber into bite size pieces.
- Slice the chilli into this slices.
- Finely chop the mint or spearmint.
- Add these all to a bowl and mix.
- Begin plating by adding the salad leaves to a plate, add the watermelon, cucumber and mint/spearmint. Sprinkle some dried dill on top (optional), season and dress with extra olive oil and lemon or lime juice. Using lime instead of lemon will give a different flavour profile and make it taste even fresher.
- Rinse the feta cheese under a tap of running water to remove the excess brine and crumble over the salad.