Watermelon Feta Salad*

Salted Watermelon. Nothing beats it. Growing up, I spent a few summers eating watermelon by the truckload since my family grew it. They sold most of it at the local grocery stores…but I am almost convinced I ate more than was sold. The only way I ate it was at the picnic table with a big slice in one hand and a salt shaker in the other. I had no idea until I moved to Florida that salting your watermelon was a southern thing. To me, it is second nature. The salt tends to change the flavor just a little and to give you that perfect salty/sweet flavor that I crave.

I recently bought 3 big seedless watermelons at the farmers market. And while I am a fool for watermelon, there is only so much one person can eat before it goes bad. In hindsight, maybe 3 big watermelons was a little much for one person…but I have always had that problem with my eyes being bigger than my stomach which is why Jorge gets embarrassed with me at buffets. So I decided to finally try out the Watermelon Feta Salad I have heard about. Oh I am in lust! A big thick slice of watermelon, topped with some delicious feta tossed with sliced shallots. And then a thick drizzle of Balsamic Glaze? Heaven. Simple 4 ingredient heaven.

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Watermelon Feta Salad

Recipe Note: I sliced my Watermelon into perfect rounds with a large biscuit cutter.

Ingredients:

2 pounds seedless Watermelon, sliced into rounds
1 cup crumbled feta
2 large shallots, sliced
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Balsamic Glaze, for drizzling

Directions:

Ok, this is one of the easiest recipes ever. Ready?

Toss feta and sliced shallots together. Lay down a slice of watermelon. Top with the feta/shallot mixture. Add a little fresh ground pepper and a pinch of salt. Drizzle on some delicious thick balsamic glaze. EAT.

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34 Responses to “Watermelon Feta Salad”

  1. 1

    Katrina — July 18, 2011 @ 12:48 am

    This is an awesomely fancy app! Love this idea.

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — July 18, 2011 @ 4:29 am

    These are gorgeous and so tasty!

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — July 18, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    I would neverrr have thought of this combination of flavours but it sounds so interesting and im sure works wonderfully! I also have never tried salt on watermelon but i am such a melon fanatic I will definitely try that next time!

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    Blog is the New Black — July 18, 2011 @ 8:10 am

    YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — July 18, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    I’m from the midwest and I salt my watermellon (and cantalope). I just had some watermelon and feta salad last night – love your presentation!

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    kokocooks — July 18, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    What a beautiful presentation! I’m intrigued by the watermelon-feta combination.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 18, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    I’ve seen a lot of watermelon salads, but this is by far the best presentation! Love it!

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — July 18, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    I have never heard of salted watermelon and I’m very interested as to how the balsamic and watermelon go together. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Joan Nova — July 18, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Not fair…Lauren at Keep It Sweet said EXACTLY what I was going to say…so I’ll just add ‘ditto, good job’.

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    serena @bigapplenosh — July 18, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    Yum, i LOVE watermelon and feta! Such a good combo!

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — July 18, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    How adorable! I love balsamic on anything.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — July 18, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Beautiful!

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    Joanne — July 18, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    I’ve heard of salting watermelon before and given my INTENSE love of salt, it’s kind of weird that I’ve never done it before…. Tonight is gonna be the night I think. Totally serious.

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    Kathryn — July 18, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    I’ve had watermelon with halloumi before but not feta – this looks so good and I can’t wait to try it! (Plus I have that song stuck firmly in my head now…)

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    Mrs. Jen B — July 18, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    Oh mah gah. Are you serious??? And there I was, thinking all that watermelon in my fridge was going to go bad. Guess what I’m having for dinner?

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    Tina — July 18, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    this is GORGEOUS! What a great serving idea for watermelon salad. LURVE it. :)

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    Marsha @ The Harried Cook — July 18, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    Love this idea for a watermelon salad! The presentation is phenomenal… Thanks for sharing!

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    Books n' Cooks — July 18, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    This look amazing. I think I might be running out to the grocery store to buy some watermelon

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    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — July 18, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    What an elegant presentation for watermelon salad — love it!

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    The Undercover Cook — July 18, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    When I think of watermelon I always think of long lazy casual days in the summer sun. Here you have lifted up the common (and totally delicious) watermelon and turned it into a sophisticated yet simple appetizer. Love it! can’t wait to give it a try.

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    Becky — July 18, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    Oh my…I think I would absolutely love this! I’m so intrigued by this combo : )

  22. 22

    Katie Thacher — July 21, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    Mmmm! This looks like an excellent summer tapa/appetizer. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

  23. 23

    Matt — August 11, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    Try grilling the watermelon rounds about 4 minutes a side.

  24. 24

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    50+ and on the Run — November 9, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    I’ve made this as a full salad using arugula for the greens. Spectacular flavor combination of sweet and bitter and salty.

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    Sarah — April 24, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    This was so yummy! It makes me excited for the summer! I love all your recipes and loved this one so much, I posted it on my blog for everyone else to try too!

    http://happyhubbygrub.blogspot.com/2012/03/watermelon-feta-salad.html

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    SouthernSpoonBelle — June 14, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    This is happening as soon as watermelons are back on the shelves in Sydney. Love it, thank you!

  28. 28

    Chef Bradley Wegelin — June 14, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    This is totally Pintrest material. I love this variation of the watermelon feta salad… Excellent!

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    Katie — July 7, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    Mmm this is beautiful! Looks almost too good to eat!

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