Summer is still here! Even as we all look forward to the fall, it is important to take advantage of summer produce while it is still around. I absolutely love watermelon - it tastes great, is low in calories and has a high amount of vitamin A (major antioxidant), vitamin C and Beta Carotene. This light and refreshing recipe is just quintessential to the summer. The bright red watermelon in the salad is perfectly complimented by salty feta cheese and toasty pine nuts. Red and green grapes add texture and color. Top this salad with fresh mint and a champagne vinaigrette!
I got this recipe from one of my cook book's called "The All American Cheese and Wine Book - Pairings, Profiles and Recipes". I love this cookbook, it was actually one of the gifts from my husband on the first Valentines Day we ever celebrated while dating. Such a perfect gift, even back then he knew me very well!!
I served this at lunch for a friend, and served the salad with BBQ grilled chicken. The salty feta and sweet watermelon, along with the sweet and savory chicken paired especially well with Sauvignon Blanc. Take advantage of this before the summer ends!
1 3lb wedge of seedless watermelon, or half of a seedless miniature watermelon
1 cup red and green grapes, halved
3/4 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp champagne vinegar
2 tbsp chopped mint leaves, plus extra for serving
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, vinegar, and mint. Set aside.
With a sharp knife cut the watermelon in half lengthwise. Cut the fruit away from the rind. Then cut the fruit into cubes 1/4-inch.
In a large bowl, toss the watermelon together with grapes and cheese. When ready to serve, toss with the dressing and nuts. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve immediately.