Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Watermelon, feta and mint salad

You called?  © Cookaroo
A couple of years ago, in my old office, we organised a potluck. It was the middle of summer and since we had to do it over lunch, we decided on salads. We were nearly 10 of us (I was asked to bring dessert, but that's later) and so you can imagine the decadence that came with it all. 

As the organiser I had a list of salads that people were bringing - pasta salad, sausage salad, chicken salad, apple and potato salad - oh it all sounded lovely. My friend Riddhi (who is by the way, an amazing cook) said she's bring a watermelon salad. It's got feta and onion, she added. Oh lovely I said, sounding utterly skeptical. And what a fool I was.

When she brought, it was the one salad I could not stop eating, the onions gave it a lovely crunch, the mint a freshness and the feta a sort of a salty contrast to the sweet watermelon. How do you make it, I asked her. Oh it's a Nigella recipe, she said, and there's really nothing to it.

She's couldn't have been more right. This is a super simple to put together and there's not a single ingredient that isn't available here. Nigella uses lime juice, I use balsamic - but whichever recipe you follow, this will be a great salad.

I mean it is my favourite salad in the summers. It's the salad I always make when I have people over. It's the salad I make when I don't feel like eating dinner. It's the salad that my husband and I will fight over.

Moral of the story?  Make it, like today!


Not quite Nigella © Cookaroo

Watermelon, feta and mint salad
Adapted from Nigella Lawson's Nigella Bites. Available in India, US and UK

Ingredients


1 small red onion
1 small ripe watermelon
100 gms feta cheese
Bunch fresh mint, removed from stalk
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
100g pitted black olives
3-4 tblsp balsamic vinegar
  
Method

  1. Peel the onion and slice it rather thin. Put the onions into a bowl with the balsamic vinegar, wrap in cling and keep aside.
  2. Chop the watermelon into large pieces and remove the seed. Arrange into a bowl.
  3. Cut the feta into pieces and add the olives which have been sliced.
  4. Wash the mint and scatter over the salad, generously. Wrap in cling and chill until ready to serve.
  5. Take it out of the refrigerator 5 minutes before serving. Add the onion and a splash of balsamic and pour the olive oil atop.
  6. Serve immediately with forks.

It's a cruel cruel summer © Cookaroo


I am also sending this to Amina's Guest Quest event


21 comments:

  1. I love this one.. since I don't usually store feta, I cut amul cheese cube slices and add.. tastes yum. Watermelon and cheese is just an awesome combination!

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    1. Oh! thats a lovely tip, Amul's as salty as they get. Thank you gauri

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  2. very colourful and fresh salad..loved the combo of feta with watermelon.

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    1. Thank you, its divine, you really got to try it :)

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  3. MY FAVOURITEST SALAD EVER!!!!!!!! Y.U.M

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    1. Natty, i thought apple potato walnut salad was your favourite :)

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  4. This is one of my favorite salads. Love the combination of the watermelon's sweetness and the salty, tangy flavor of the feta.

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  5. yayyy i'm in the blog! miss you cats too much. i come and read the blog every few days btw.. it's utterly awesome :)

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    1. Rids can you pliss sign in your name, that way I am sure I don't have a stalker

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  6. Sounds amazing and perfect for the Delhi heatwave we have been having!

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    1. Oh yes, and cold cold watermelon with bits of salty feta = yum!

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  8. Great combination of food & colors

    http://shwetainthekitchen.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Shweta, had very little to do with me,watermelons make the picture

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  9. Wow this watermelon salad awesome, I can’t wait! Looks so good…
    If u like plz follow me in google, Thanks.....
    Daksha

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  10. Have a dinner party tonight and was thinking of making this. Read your post and chuckled at the last line: Moral of the story? Make it, like today!

    Byesst watermelon salad, like, everr!

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