Watermelon, tomatoes and feta cheese go together really well. Yes, they actually do! It makes a beautiful combination and is perfect for a light meal. It’s fresh, earthy and acidic at the same time. It’s a salad, but it’s got fruit in it. And that gives it a more refreshing tone. Oh and the barley rusk bites are such an earthy surprise, that remind your palate that “Yes, hold on, this is definitely lunch!”
Such a simple salad, but full of contradictions that will surprise your taste buds. Did I mention that it takes like uhmmm… less than 10 mins to make? Yeah, sooo quick. Just thinking of the sweet watermelon hitting that acidic and milky feta cheese makes my mouth water! I love cheese with fruits, like for example melon with parmesan or some kind of spicy gruyere cheese. I just can’t help myself! I can talk for ages about cheese and fruit, so let’s just stick to the watermelon salad for now. 🙂
Making the salad
It really is so easy to put together this little masterpiece…
Get your hands on a really sweet and red watermelon. Cut up a few slices. Resist the urge to shove the delicious fruit straight in your mouth and carry on with cutting it up into medium sized bites.
Chop up the tomatoes. Again friendly reminder, get really good quality tomatoes. With such humble and few ingredients, there is nowhere to hide. You need quality ingredients. Then put tomatoes and watermelon together in a bowl.
Crumble the feta cheese on top. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange juice and rosewater and drizzle onto your salad. Scatter a few barley rusk bites on top and that’s it!
I get my rusks from a Greek deli. If you can’t find mini bites, you can use one big rusk broken in pieces. Alternatively, you can use barley bread. Slice it up, bake in the oven until dry and break it up in pieces.
Summery watermelon salad with feta
Summery watermelon salad with feta. It's fresh, earthy and acidic at the same time. A mouthful of tasty explosion that will refresh your senses!
- 5 red tomatoes, medium sized, sliced
- 450 g (1 lb) watermelon flesh, chopped in big bites cleaned watermelon
- handful barley rusk bites
- 100 g (3.5 oz) feta cheese, crumbled
For the vinaigrette
- 45 ml (3 tbsps) olive oil
- 15 ml (1 tbsp) balsamic vinegar
- 30 ml (2 tbsps) orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 5 ml (1 tsp) rosewater
Get some really sweet and red watermelon. Cut it up into medium sized bites.
Chop up the tomatoes and then put tomatoes and watermelon together in a bowl.
Crumble the feta cheese on top.
Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange juice and rosewater and drizzle onto your salad. Scatter a few barley rusk bites on top and that’s it!