Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad

Lucy Buffett, owner of LuLu's in Gulf Shores, makes a refreshing, summertime salad with watermelon, feta cheese and mint.

August 15, 2017

Ingredients

Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cucumber, halved, seeded, scored with a zester, and sliced into half-moons
  • 1 small seedless watermelon (I like the sugar baby variety), chopped
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Preparation

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, sugar, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the black pepper and the red pepper flakes until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the red onion and let the mixture stand for 1 to 2 hours. Drain the red onion, discarding the liquid.

3. Make one large salad in a salad bowl or make individual salads by gently combining the red onion, cucumber, watermelon and feta.

4. Season with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and lightly drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with chopped mint.


Photo by Angie Mosier. From Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life by Lucy Buffett (Grand Central Life & Style, 2017).

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Ingredients

Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cucumber, halved, seeded, scored with a zester, and sliced into half-moons
  • 1 small seedless watermelon (I like the sugar baby variety), chopped
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
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