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Refreshing Watermelon Feta Salad
Watermelon + cucumbers is one of the most refreshing combos of all time. Throw in some mint, red onion, and feta and toss it all with a very simple vinaigrette (just olive oil + red wine vinegar), and you've got yourself a mean summer salad. With that sweet and salty balance, it's the perfect summer side to go along with grilled chicken, any cut of steak, or even a hamburger—beef, chicken, or veggie!
Tips from the test kitchen:
We love the saltiness and crumbliness of feta, but if you're not a fan, fresh mozzarella balls or goat cheese would work, too. If you choose to go with OG feta, be sure to taste the salad before adding more finish salt, just in case it's already perfectly seasoned.
To take some of the harsh bite out of red onions, slice and soak 'em in water for about 15 minutes, then drain and pat dry before using.
Mint will oxidize once cut and blacken even faster once dressed in vinaigrette. It's best to serve quickly after all ingredients are mixed. If your mint does start to oxidize, add some more fresh mint on top right before serving for eye-popping colors.
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Editor's note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on March 14, 2022 to include more information.
extra-virgin olive oil
red wine vinegar
cubed seedless watermelon
medium cucumber, chopped
red onion, thinly sliced
coarsely chopped mint, plus more for garish
Flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)
- In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and salt.
- In a large serving bowl, combine watermelon, cucumber, feta, red onion, and mint. Add dressing and toss to coat.
- Garnish with more mint and flaky sea salt if desired.