Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad
I used to say to my mum that I'd been scarred as a child by too many salads finished with apple, twists of orange, sultanas, etc. For years I would not eat fruit in a salad unless it was for pudding. My brother's girlfriend, however, changed my mind by making me a delicious salad with bitter greens and nectarines. I was hooked, and started looking around for salads with a hint of fruit.
Here's an unusual salad that I first had years ago when I was backpacking through Turkey. I'd forgotten about it until I saw something about watermelon and mint, and I remembered this yummy little number. Watermelons have been so delicious lately, that I decided to make this one for some Chinese friends coming around for a barbecue. Needless to say, they loved it!
Quarter of a seedless watermelon (I find these are less woolly)
Bunch of mint, roughly chopped
200g of feta cheese
black olives (kalamatas are good here)
Chop the watermelon into chunks about 2-3cms square. Lay it out onto a big platter. Crumble the feta, scatter the mint and olives, and then toss it through gently with your hands. Serve cold - so refreshing!
I've seen versions of this made with lime juice, olive oil and red onions, but limes are usually so expensive that I just don't bother. It's pretty yummy as it is. I've also skipped the olives and just had this as a feta, watermelon and mint salad. This version is super yummy for breakfast with hardboiled eggs, flatbread and coffee!