Feta, Arugula and watermelon salad
Sweet Watermelon paired perfectly with salty Feta Cheese and peppery rocket with a lemony dressing makes this feta, rocket/arugula and watermelon salad the perfect summer side dish.
Last week I posted the recipe for Chicken Escalopes and mentioned that I served it with a feta, rocket/arugula and watermelon salad. And before you turn your nose up, let me try to convince you that this is a FABULOUS idea!
When I first paired Watermelon with Feta, I was about 19 and trying to be all “Fantastic Foodie” with my family, they didn’t completely hate the idea but I could see they didn’t love it either. I just served up wedges of Watermelon with crumbled Feta and some black pepper. Bless them for eating it with a smile while their eyes were saying “this is kind of wierd”.
Then a week or so ago, I saw the amazing Ina Garten making a feta, rocket and watermelon salad on Barefoot Contessa and it looked absolutely mouth-watering. I knew I was going to try it and then I saw it popping up on blogs all over the place. Obviously, as Watermelon is one of South-Africa’s favourite fruits in Summer, everyone thought this was as great an idea as I did.
Ina dressed her watermelon salad with a citrus dressing but I decided to amp up the watermelon flavour and I made a Watermelon and Lemon dressing instead. It was delicious. The sweet watermelon with the salty Feta is to die for, throw in some peppery rocket and a lemony dressing and you get what another blogger friend of mine likes to call, a flavour party in your mouth! I know some of you might be sceptic, especially the ones who have husbands or men to feed who aren’t so into salads, but just try it. And come tell me what you thought!
Quantities depend on how many people will be eating
Watermelon, cubed (I try to get the seedless variety whenever I can)
Feta cheese, cubed (you want roughly the same amount of Feta as Watermelon
Fresh Rocket / Arugula
For the dressing (makes +- 250ml)
1 cup watermelon, chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
- Blend/ Process the watermelon. If you prefer a ‘clear’ dressing, you can strain the watermelon juice but I didn’t mind a bit of texture.
- With the processor / blender running, add the lemon juice, seasoning and oil slowly.
- Pour over the salad ingredients and serve.