Sweet, refreshing & salty watermelon feta salad with a slight tang to pull all the flavours together. Great as a salad or as a side dish! Sound like an odd combination? You’ll be surprised!
Who loves watermelon?? I do, I do! 🙂 There are moments I love it so much that I feel like eating it for dinner! Probably not too practical, but there has to be a way to enjoy it besides the usual way of sliced up at a backyard BBQ right?
My mission today was to find a way to have watermelon as a meal. So I threw together a few flavours ideas on paper and came up with something refreshing, juicy and sweet with flavours of tang and salt. Perfect for summer.
You know what’s weird? I’m actually not a fan of salty watermelon. My dad used to sprinkle salt on his watermelon all the time and told me it brought out the sweetness of the watermelon but I never understood it and never liked it! Go figure.
This salad didn’t have the same feel, the tang from the pickles and lime pulls the salty and sweet flavours together into something that almost reminds you of a thai salad. Don’t believe me? Try it out and keep in mind that this is no way supposed to be a dessert! 🙂
All ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. Surprisingly I have also even found daikon radishes available at a local grocery stores as well! However if you cannot find it there, you will most likely find it at an Asian grocery store.
Randomness with Pickles: I have never tried this (but plan to in the near future) but substituting a sweet crunchy pickle – like the bread and butter pickles for the picked daikon! If you get a chance to experiment with the pickle let me know how it goes! Always love seeing and hearing about fun and new creations.
For a subtler onion flavour, you can substitute the red onion for shallots.
Tip #1 : Soak the chopped onions in cold water for about 1 minute and it removes the strong onion flavour.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
If you’re following along, you’ll remember that last week, I put out a really quick and easy pickled daikon radish recipe which is what I used for this recipe.
How Do You Pick Out a Good Watermelon?
The process I go through to pick out a good watermelon are:
- Lift it Up – It should feel heavy for its size, pick up a few and compare which one is heavier and go with that. Heavy means juicy.
- Shape & Colour – A symemtrical even shaped watermelon with no bruises is always a good thing. Look for a nice dark green watermelon. Look for a yellow patch on the bottom side as well – the yellower the better. A whiter bottom means it was picked while it was still ripening while a yellow bottom means it sat under the sun in the same position for longer.
- Bopping it – This method is a bit of a hit or miss but I generally just slap it and it makes a deep ‘thunk’ hollow sound with a bounce back to my hand then I’m happy.
Is it summer yet? I think it is.
Sweet, refreshing and salty watermelon feta salad with a slight tang. Sound like an odd combination? You’ll be surprised! Great as a salad or a side dish!
- 1/2 small watermelon (chopped)
- 1 stalk green onion (finely chopped)
- 1 lime (juiced)
- 1 cup pickled daikon radish
- 1/4 cup feta (crumbled)
- 3 tablespoon red onion (finely chopped)
- black sesame seeds (optional)
- Chop up the watermelon and daikon radish to your size preference. (using a melon baller is a fun way to shape these as well)
- Dice the red onion and green onion finely
- Combine the red onion, watermelon and pickled daikon radish in a bowl and mix gently with the lime juice
- Top with green onions and feta and black sesame seeds (optional)
- Enjoy as a salad, appetizer, side dish or snack! 🙂
- to remove the bite of raw onions, after you finished chopping them, soak them in cold water for 1 minute and then drain and rinse them out.