Watermelon Salad


This Watermelon Salad is one of the easiest things to make. Put all ingredients in a bowl, mix and serve.  But the flavor of this hits all the right notes. Sweet and juicy from the watermelon. The mint adds a refreshing note. And the feta cheese adds a salty counterbalance.  Together, they all create a refreshing and delicious treat.  This Watermelon Salad would be a great option for a potluck, side dish, or even a dessert! It doesn’t end up being very sweet, but it would be perfect as an after-dinner treat.

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Putting the Watermelon into Watermelon Salad

The recipe calls for seedless watermelon. There is no reason to not use a larger watermelon with seeds. I would recommend picking out as many seeds as possible.  When you are picking out your watermelon in the store or at the farm stand, how do you decide? Give is a good knock. This is the most popular version of picking a watermelon, but I also find great luck in this method. It means you will find a juicy, sweet watermelon for your Watermelon Salad. Something else to look for is the spot where it was laying on the dirt. There should be a faded and rough spot. If it doesn’t have this, it may not have been left in the field for long enough to ripen.

Fresh Herbs in the Watermelon Salad – How Important is it

Very Important.  This Watermelon Salad only has 3 ingredients. So if you choose to omit or substitute ingredients, it will have a big impact.  Mint is usually something available during the summer without too much issue. Grocery stores carry fresh herbs in their produce section year-round. Mint also tends to be the houseguest that won’t leave. It can’t take a hint and makes itself comfy, cozy, and invites all its friends.  So you may have a friend or family member that would love for you to take some off their hands.

Substitutes

I don’t recommend substituting any ingredients. Because this Watermelon Salad is so perfectly balanced.  Can I use dried mint? No. When you dry herbs they get cooked. And the flavor profile changes. It doesn’t give the same impact as fresh herbs.  What can I substitute for mint? I do not recommend substituting in this Watermelon Salad. But, if you had to the only herb that might work is lemon verbena.

Dairy-Free Watermelon Salad

The feta cheese in this Watermelon Salad really makes it. I do not recommend replacing it.  But if you need to be dairy-free, you could try doing a little salt instead.  But in general, if you can’t find a dairy-free salty cheese, it won’t turn out the same.  Feta or cotija cheese will work the same in the recipe.
watermelon salad

One of my other summer favorites is these zucchini fries. Check out the recipe if you have a bunch of zucchini to get rid of!

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Fawn

My passion is supporting those who need to be gluten free. After my family had to transition to eating gluten free I realized how difficult it is. It is more than finding a recipe. It is about how to navigate social situations, deal with isolation, and other things that come along with it. I live in Oregon with my family, cats, and chickens.

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