Watermelon Salad with Lemon Basil

Do yourself a favor. Next time you find yourself with watermelon, lemon basil, and feta on hand, go ahead and reserve some watermelon for a watermelon salad with a tangy kick.

Watermelon Salad with Lemon Basil - The Gifted Gabber

At a recent family get-together at our house, my parents showed up with a gigantic bowl of fresh watermelon. I thought about dicing it up and adding some fresh lemon basil I had recently purchased at our Arkansas Farm2Home event which supports our local farmers. The basil came from Preston Rose Farm in Paris, Arkansas.

Dad reminded us that a relative from Greece that we visited once had served us watermelon and feta cheese over and over again.  Despite the look of skeptism on my father-in-law’s pace, I got busy dicing watermelon and fresh basil. In less than 10 minutes, the salad was ready to put in the fridge to chill a bit. Since my idea was last minute, the dish really did not get much of a chance to chill before eating. Next time, I will make it in advance.

Use Lemon Basil in this Watermelon Salad

The lemon flavor off of the lemon basil really gave a nice citrus flair to the overall salad. Next time I make it, I will definitely try to have more lemon basil on hand. This recipe is made often with regular basil (which tastes great, too), but I am convinced the tanginess of the lemon basil gives this watermelon salad a certain punch.

You can always add a touch of balsamic dressing to dress up the salad a bit. I didn’t have time to make any since dinner was literally almost on the table, and it was really quite good without any dressing.

Watermelon Salad with Lemon Basil - The Gifted Gabber

Watermelon Salad with Lemon Basil - The Gifted Gabber

 

While chopping, I reassured my father-in-law that I had left plenty of watermelon for basic watermelon indulging. The poor guy was concerned.

Who can blame him?

Quick Watermelon and Feta Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (preferably lemon basil)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Dice the watermelon.
  2. Chop the basil.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, gently combine the watermelon, the basil, and the feta cheese crumbles.
  4. Generously season with salt and pepper to suit taste.
  5. Chill and serve.
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A friend of mine from Greece told me I had to try halloumi cheese in a watermelon feta salad. I’ve never tried it, but she says it tastes like “heaven.” Now, I feel like I must hunt it down and give it a shot! Have you ever made watermelon salad with feta or with any other cheese?

Liking up with watermelon salad with:

All About You (Tuesdays)
Too Cute Tuesday (Tuesdays)
Inspire Me Wednesdays (Wednesdays)

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