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Melon and Feta Salad

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Lunch, Quick and Easy, Salads, Sides, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


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I mentioned last week that I have a hard time eating melon any way other than chilled, plain, nothing else to it. I’ve heard of people putting feta with their melon. So weird. So so weird. I was never gonna try it. Why ruin a perfectly good thing?

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I was wrong.

I’ve been missing out.

I was the weird one.

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Creamy, cool, salty chunks of feta. Savory, crunchy, spicy red onions. Bright, summery, fresh herbs.

It’s like a summer poem on a plate. A mouthwatering piece of art.

Oh that I could eat this for every meal of every day.

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Although I really reeeeally enjoyed this salad as is (and it’s seriously best with everything piled into the same bite), if you wanted to change things up, here are some suggestions: You could make this an all savory salad and substitute eggplant for the melon. Easy. If you’re going for a vegan dish you might swap the feta for some crumbled extra firm tofu (you might want to add a little extra salt). If feta isn’t your favorite, but you love blue cheese, ricotta, or goat cheese, give ’em a try. Like most things that I make, it’s best made to suit the cook’s tastes, with what they have on hand.

I ate this for lunch today, standing at the kitchen island, watching a Red Sox game, all the while trying to hurry so I could clean up and get back to work. But, here’s how I really want to enjoy it: outside, with some of my favorite people, alongside some grilled sausage and a creamy potato salad, with some of Tim’s homemade ice cream for dessert. Maybe not today, but soon. It needs to happen soon.

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Sometimes there’s something to be said for, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Not here. I will never tire of freezing cold melon on its own. But, this salad holds a special place in my heart. Because, if I dig a little deeper, it’s a great reminder that it’s always a good thing to venture out of my comfort zone to try something new, something scary, something that might seem a little bit weird.

Happy Eating! 

Melon and Feta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4

Melon and Feta Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 C (heaping) melon (cantaloupe or watermelon), cubed
  • 1 C tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 C cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 C red onion, diced
  • 1-2 sprinkles cayenne or 1 hot pepper, ribs and seeds removed, minced
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 2 T fresh mint, diced
  • 2 T fresh basil, diced
  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 4 oz. feta (or ricotta, blue cheese, goat cheese, or extra firm tofu), crumbled

Instructions

  1. Toss melon through hot pepper (if using) in a bowl.
  2. Whisk salt through vinegar (and cayenne, if using), stream in olive oil as you whisk.
  3. Toss melon mixture with dressing. Add feta. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
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