Tomato watermelon + feta salad

DSC00119

I know I shouldn’t complain when summer finally comes to Chicago, but where are all the 90 and humid days? It’s been a rainy one (which makes my herbs happy), and we’ve had maybe five days above 80 (which makes the SO, who is perpetually hot, happy). But after a particularly frigid/snowy winter in Chicago, I feel like we’ve been cheated out of the hot, dry summer we deserve–as if the weather should operate by some karmic code.

Maybe it will come to its senses in time for a sweltering August. Either way, this cool, colorful salad is dedicated to my dream Chicago summer–when it’s so hot and sticky that all you want are chilled and icy things, when the very idea of heating the stove or oven is laughable.

You may have noticed that the photos in this post are far prettier than my normal jerry-rigged, iPhone-filtered shots. I’m now shooting my food pics with a Sony a6000 (care of the SO!). I just have to learn how to use it.

DSC00113

Tomato watermelon + feta salad
serves 4

Ingredients

    1/4 watermelon, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
    4 large tomatoes, sliced into wedges
    Juice of 1 lemon (a few tablespoons)
    1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
    1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
    4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
    A handful of crumbled feta, plus a few torn mint leaves and chives, for garnish

Method: Combine the watermelon and tomatoes into a large bowl.

DSC00104

In a separate small bowl, combine the lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the mint and chives to the dressing, and whisk to combine. Taste for seasoning, and adjust as needed.

Pour the dressing over the melon and tomatoes and crumble in the feta. Toss gently to combine.

DSC00110

Pile the salad onto a large platter, and top with additional feta and torn herbs. Serve immediately.

About these ads

4 Comments

Filed under Salad, Vegetarian

4 responses to “Tomato watermelon + feta salad

  1. Madeline Shea

    The spectacular lighting makes the salad look even more delish!

  2. Maggie

    It always seems so strange in my head to put feta and watermelon together…but so delicious!

  3. Lovely recipe…come join us our Facebook group @ https://m.facebook.com/groups/1433687623575418?ref=m_notif&notif_t=group_activity
    And share your vegetarian food recipe links and pictures

    Regards D

  4. Mary Davidson Stanton

    Making this tonight! What fun to return home from travels—which involved being served this delightful (yet-thus-far-unknown) combination TWICE—to find this recipe in my in box. I’m hooked. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s