Watermelon Feta and Black Olive Salad has the sweetness of watermelon, mixed with mint, the saltiness of black olives and the tangy taste of feta cheese.
“When one has tasted watermelon, you know you’re going to get some seeds; just spit them out and take another bite.” – Jeff Steinman
I made this recipe once, and then lost the recipe. (Don’t you hate that when it happens?) I have been frantically looking for it before summer and Eureka! I finally found it – just in time for outdoor bbq’s.
Most watermelon recipes have blueberries instead of the black olives. The saltiness of the Kalamata olives gives this recipe an extra kick that I just loved. I hope you do too!
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Ingredients for the Watermelon Feta and Black Olive Salad recipe:
1 small red onion, diced
2 limes, juiced (more, if you prefer a stronger taste)
9 ounces of crumbled feta cheese
3 pounds of ripe watermelon. Cut the watermelon from the rind and seed. Approximately 1/4″ thick and bite-sized pieces.
1 bunch of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 small bunch chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pitted chopped Kalamata olives (I buy big jars at Costco because I love Kalamata olives!)
Fresh ground pepper
Directions for Watermelon Feta and Black Olive Salad:
1) Place sliced red onion in a small bowl and add the lime juice. Allow time for the red onion to absorb the lime juice.
2) Once the red onion has absorbed the lime juice, add the olive oil and mix together.
3) In a large bowl, place the cut watermelon. Sprinkle with chopped mint and parsley.
4) Add the red onion, lime juice, and olive oil mixture to the watermelon, along with the Kalamata olives.
5) Hand toss the salad gently with your hands, so the juice is mixed well with the watermelon, but you don’t damage the watermelon pieces.
6) Add feta cheese to the watermelon salad.
7) Top salad with freshly ground pepper. Add more lime juice to taste.
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 2 limes, juiced (more if you prefer a stronger taste)
- 9 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 3 pounds ripe watermelon, chopped and seeded (or buy seedless watermelon)
- 1 bunch chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (stems discarded)
- 1 small bunch chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
- Freshly ground pepper
- Sea Salt optional
- Place sliced red onion in a small bowl and add the lime juice. Allow time for the red onion to absorb the lime juice.
- Once the red onion has absorbed the lime juice, add the olive oil and mix together.
- In a large bowl, place the cut watermelon. Sprinkle with chopped mint and parsley.
- Add the red onion, lime juice, and olive oil mixture to the watermelon, along with the Kalamata olives.
- Hand toss the salad gently with your hands, so the juice is mixed well with the watermelon, but you don't damage the watermelon pieces.
- Add feta cheese to the watermelon salad.
- Top salad with freshly ground pepper. Add more lime juice to taste.
Amount Per Serving Calories 242Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 28mgSodium 351mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 16gProtein 6g
Tips for making the Watermelon Feta and Black Olive Salad:
1) Kalamata olives can be expensive at regular grocery stores. I buy a giant jar at Costco for a very reasonable price.
2) You can also buy the crumbled Feta cheese at Costco.
3) I bought the organic mini watermelons also at Costco – each one weighs about 3 pounds.
4) To pick out a good watermelon, it should feel heavy for it’s size. The spot where the watermelon was on the ground should be a creamy yellow for optimal ripeness. (Avoid watermelon with white spots.)
5) Here’s a recommended easy citrus juicer on Amazon that I love. I don’t think there’s a single day that this baby isn’t in use!
6) You can juice the watermelon rind if you buy organic. I just save the rind until I make my juice and then add it to my mix.
7) A sprinkling of sea salt can also give this recipe a little zing. My secret? I love, love, love smoked salt. There are several different types of smoked sea salt, depending on what type of wood the salt is smoked with.
8) I love to make the salad and then squeeze one more lime over the entire salad. It might be too much lime juice for some, but I think the more lime juice, the better it tastes.
I found this cookbook on Amazon if you are craving even more watermelon recipes:
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