Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad is light, vibrant, refreshing and perfect for summer. Add a tangy raspberry vinaigrette dressing for a truly heavenly bowl.
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Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad – a seasonal treat
This colourful, refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad is full of favourite summer flavours. There is nothing I enjoy more than filling a bowl with these amazing ingredients, sitting in the sunshine and munching. And at this time of year, the watermelons are at their juiciest and the cucumbers at their freshest. Throw in a little Mediterranean Feta, some finely sliced red onion and a good dressing and I am transported to sunnier climes.
The key ingredients
Most of the year, I avoid cucumber. To be honest, the fruits you buy in most supermarkets are bland and boring. But at GFHQ we love to grow a couple of plants every year, and these cucumbers I love. There is simply no comparison. Home-grown cucumbers are full of flavour, oozing with juice and quite delicious.
Grown in the greenhouse, the plants give us an abundant crop of the mini cucumber variety. And for a handful of weeks it can feel like a deluge. So, finding ways to use them in bulk is a pleasurable necessity. Raw green smoothies use a fair few. But this watermelon cucumber salad is also perfect… As a meal for one, I can use a whole mini cucumber at each sitting.
Equally, I am a huge watermelon fan. But just like with cucumbers, I am picky. Too many pips and I find them tedious and messy. Which is where baby watermelons come in. Found in good supermarkets (I get mine in Sainsburys), they are pretty much pip-less. And that makes them perfect to cut and eat with no extra effort.
When I say ‘huge watermelon fan’ I am not kidding. When pregnant, watermelon was my craving… Mid-pregnancy I was literally eating a watermelon (of the large variety) a day. Although my ability to eat that quantity has significantly diminished, I still love the stuff, so adding it to cucumber for a watermelon cucumber salad seems the obvious way to go.
Of course, watermelon is not just to be eaten… It makes the most incredible Watermelon-Bacardi Cooler too!
No cheese speaks to me of summer more than Feta. Is it just me? Whether it’s crumbled over Shakshuka, the star ingredient of a simple summer tart or a Spanakopita Galette, or baked Greek style with peppers, tomatoes and herbs, it has the ability to bring holiday vibes and chill the mood. I even use it as a key ingredient in my Pandebonos (South American Cheese Bread) which is a regular accompaniment to another favourite simple, summer Mediterranean dish of ours – green beans cooked in tomatoes.
Feta is however, particularly perfect with a simple salad and makes an appearance not just in this delicious Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad, but also in my Summer Salad Picnic Jar.
Shave your cucumber for the best Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad
If you are getting the impression that I can be a bit particular about the food I eat, you’d be right. But I think the experience of eating a dish is as important as the ingredients that go into it. And that includes texture, shape and size… both visually and in the mouth.
So, if you have never tried ‘shaving’ cucumbers to eat, I urge you to give it a go. Eating thin ribbons rather than fat chunks may just change the way you prepare cucumbers forever. You have to agree… the cucumber ribbons look way more attractive than your average cubed or sliced cucumber salad. But wait until you have tasted them… your taste buds are in for a treat.
How to shave cucumber
Shaving cucumber for salad is easy, but you do need a specific vegetable peeler for the job. What you need is a ‘Y’ Peeler (I use this one from Oxo Good Grips). It’s the same one that I use for my Zucchini Roll-Ups and also my Honey-Roast Chicken & Butternut Salad. Once you have one of these, the possibilities for shaved vegetables is infinite… (and peeling potatoes is a cinch too).
To shave, take the cucumber and peel off one strip (it will consist of a line of tough top skin) and discard. Then simply shave over this line so that you have thin ribbons edged with a tiny bit of skin, until you reach the softer core.
Now turn the cucumber to the opposite side and repeat. Then do the same for the other two unshaved sides, so that you are left with a squared off middle… Don’t throw this away. You can cube and toss it into the salad for extra texture and interest.
Extras and dressing
So that’s the basics of my Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad. I usually add (and have included in the recipe below) a little finely sliced red onion, a handful of toasted pumpkin and pine nut seeds for crunch and a little seasoning.
In addition, I dress either with a simple mix of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, or a deliciously tangy raspberry vinaigrette. But it’s your salad and you can choose whether and what you drizzle across the top.
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Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad
- chopping board
- large sharp knife
- sharp vegetable knife
- Vegetable Y peeler
- serving bowl
- ½ baby watermelon de-seeded (if necessary) and cubed flesh
- 2 baby cucumbers or 1 large – shaved (see NOTES)
- 1 small red onion halved & finely sliced
- 200 g Feta cheese drained and crumbled or cubed
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds toasted
- 2 tbsp pine nuts toasted
- salt & pepper to taste
- Prepare the cubed watermelon, shaved cucumber and sliced onion.
- Arrange in a bowl.
- Sprinkle the crumbled/cubed Feta over the top.
- Add and sprinkle the toasted seeds to the bowl.
- Season to taste and serve.
- measuring spoons
- airtight jar
- 2½ tbsp raspberry vinegar good quality
- 1 tbsp runny honey
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- Measure all the ingredients as stated into a sealable airtight jar (such as an old jam jar).
- Seal the lid and shake vigorously.
- Taste a little on a spoon and adjust to taste by adding a little more of any of the ingredients to your preference.
- Store in the fridge.
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