Has everyone else noticed the savory watermelon salads popping up everywhere on the internet? It seems to be the hot summer foodie trend. And I am not normally a trend follower (just ask my sister about my sense of fashion, haha) but this was one bandwagon I had to hop on.
I have seen them dressed with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and white wine vinegars. I decided on a white balsamic; lemon juice was out for me since I only had one half of a lemon, and I thought the lighter vinegar sounded better with the cucumber and feta cheese (although honestly I would love to try regular balsamic also). I added some purple basil from my garden and thinly sliced red onion for the heck of it and a sprinkle of salt and drizzle of extra virgin olive oil later we were set.
It was delicious.
My eldest daughter scarfed it up instantly, requesting seconds. John conceded he “might have been wrong” when he told me I was crazy for suggesting we try a savory watermelon dish. I am now eager to try more variations on this–for example, I would like to try a lemon juice dressing. I am curious about other crumbly cheeses–like French feta, goat cheese or queso fresco. I have also seen it grilled first–although to do that I would need to un-bury my grill-yikes.
I actually never used to like watermelon much (much to the rest of my family’s disgust) as I find it almost too sweet, but this new perspective on watermelon has me totally rethinking my position.
I love watermelon, but have never had it in a savory dish. Guess I'm not up with the trends, huh? 🙂
Looks delicious. Cucumber & feta is one of my favorite combos, so I'm sure a little sweet would be delicious!
Susan/Wild Yeast says
I have always been a sucker for a good sweet watermelon but this summer I’m intrigued by the savory dishes I’ve been seeing around. Your salad looks fantastic.
I have had a few savory watermelon salads – and found them all to be just wrong! I am a little surprised you liked it to be honest 😉 Maybe I need to give it another shot. Jason also thought I was nuts the first time I ordered one at a swanky restaurant a couple years ago, and unfortunately he was proven correct when I ate about 3 bites and declared it icky 🙂 They always look so pretty and enticing… hmmm..
noble pig says
Okay yummy. I have both in the fridge and I’m making this.
It’s January, it’s 20 degrees outside, and guess what I’m craving?
I can’t wait till summer to make this!