Jean’s summer Watermelon Salad Recipe is inspired by a dish from her son Matthew’s restaurant, Oso, in NYC. A perfect cool and refreshing summertime treat!
Refreshingly Perfect for Summer
It’s such a refreshing and unusual summer salad…that I knew I wanted to offer a version of it here on insidewink. I have to admit, watermelon and feta cheese is a combination that sounds a bit odd, but it really works wonderfully together.
As with most salads, you can change up the ingredients to suite your preferences.
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4 cups seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
3 mint springs, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely sliced
5 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
2 cups of mixed greens – I like a combination of arugula and spinach
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1/2 English cucumber, halved, seeds removed and thinly sliced
1/4 cup parsley, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
BALSAMIC DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper, finely ground
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Place watermelon salad ingredients, besides the feta cheese, in a large bowl..and very gently combine. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, balsamic, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic.
Add the oil and whisk thoroughly to combine.
Continue whisking until the dressing is fully emulsified. Store dressing in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator.
Shake dressing well before drizzling it over the watermelon salad…use as much or as little as you prefer.
Just prior to serving, sprinkle the feta cheese on top.
By JEAN TREBEK
Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles with her wonderful husband of 29 years, Alex, and has 2 amazing adult children, Matthew and Emily. Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, Willy the dog, friends and good coffee.
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