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Watermelon Salad

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Nothing says summer quite like a juicy slice of watermelon, and today’s salad recipe takes full advantage. You could serve it at barbecues, picnics and backyard gatherings. Erin from the blog (and beautiful book) The Forest Feast shows us how…

Watermelon Salad
by Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast

I studied sculpture in art school and try to bring that sensibility to a dish; I’m always trying to come up with fun ways to cut things that will make them feel a little different. Here, I cut a big round slab of watermelon and use it as a base to build the salad on top of. It’s a fun way to present a salad when entertaining. You can use slabs from a small watermelon for individual servings or big rounds on a platter for a family-style presentation.

Recipe: Watermelon Salad

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Thank you so much, Erin! We can’t wait to try this.

P.S. More recipes, including classic margaritas and a killer guacamole.

(Photos and recipe by Erin Gleeson. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for help with this series.)

  1. Pam says...

    I make a watermelon salad with jalepenos, green onion, cilantro and lime. It’s refreshing! I ‘ll try this one though , basil and mint – yum !

  2. A great way serving watermelon. Looks delicious. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Nicole says...

    We tried this out yesterday when we grilled with friends and it was a huge hit! So yummy! Thanks for posting!

  4. Whoa! It looks terrific, beautiful and delicious. Thanks for your recipe online. I will take it and try to make another great salad for my home at weekend. Thanks so much!

  5. Love this ! In the summer I make skewers with watermelon, Feta and Mint, but this is BRILLIANT !!! This will be my new “go to” potluck item…’
    I so enjoy your blog…

  6. JJ says...

    Omg! Looks amazing! I am heading to the grocery store to pick up these ingredients!!

  7. I’ve made watermelon salads before using cubes, but never would have thought to use an entire slab as the base – brilliant. Have you seen the watermelon fruit pizza on Pinterest (where you use a slab and cut it into slices?) This sort of reminds me of it.

  8. this is totally me! I frequently do this salad in the kebab-version: use little cubs of watermelon and baby-mozzarella cheese and mint (or basil! – which is also great in watermelon juice) in a kebab stick, drizzle with a litle bit of olive oil and finish with fresh grounded black pepper. It’s a super fresh, delicious, colourful and fun apptitezer for a dinner in the terrace…
    lots of love from Lisbon (Portugal)

  9. I tried something similar with Feta cheese, but it was very strong, not balanced… I never thought about using mozarella!!! Great idea!!!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  10. maggie says...

    Have you ever made chilled watermelon soup? You puree, then cook it stove top with spices and some starch to thicken it. Add a dash of cream at the end and chill it till cold. It’s a revelation…..

  11. We eat a variation of this salad which is A-MAZ-ING! I believe that feta cheese is a staple in life. We use watermelon, feta, mint, basil, olive oil and a squeeze of lime. Um, yum!!!

  12. Lucy says...

    I eat a variation of this a few nights a week in the summer. My favorite! You must try it with balsamic vinegar though. Superb!

  13. So simple yet looks beautiful and above all tasty!
    Here we usually eat watermelon out of the fridge on warm summer nights while seating on our balconies/yards/patios accompanied by halloumi cheese, and in Greece they have watermelon with feta cheese. Not in a salad, just the two together. :)
    Try it out-maybe let us know what you think!

  14. Awads says...

    hmmm….looks like more than just 3 slices of moz per salad….maybe 6? works for me!

  15. Megan says...

    Ha! I have leftover watermelon from a picnic this weekend and was actually planning on having it (with feta) for lunch today. Now all I have to do is dash out to the garden and grab mint + basil, and toast up some almonds and walnuts and I’m set! Thanks for this–making what was going to be a good lunch great!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so cool that you grow your own herbs!

    • Kamila says...

      Joanna – I also live in an apartment and grow basil, rosemary, mint and parsley on my balcony. They grow quite well and I love how they look in their little pots. I’m currently testing out a tomato plant, we’ll see how it goes!

    • Alice says...

      Red chilli plants grow a treat inside too. They look lovely when the chillies ripen. Have to keep them up high if there are any sticky mitts in the house, though. Good luck with your tomatoes Kamila, mine always flop!

    • Kamila says...

      Chili peppers! Haven’t thought of that. How awesome is it that we can grow veggies at home that are not even native to where we live. Thanks Alice :)

    • Leona says...

      I’m growing herbs on my balcony now along with cucumber and two varieties of pepper!

  16. Julianna says...

    This. Looks. AMAZING!

  17. Selina says...

    I grew up on watermelon with feta cheese every summer. This looks fancier, I might give it a try

  18. Watermelon. The ultimate treat of summer.

  19. Wow fancy! I am inhaling watermelon lately so I might try a version of a salad. Not this pretty though because I do 0 entertaining haha.

    x. Morgan / http://www.morningappleblog.com

  20. bisbee says...

    This looks great! Whenever I see a salad with watermelon, it always includes feta. I know that is traditional, but I really dislike feta! This is a salad I could love!

  21. Looks delish!!

  22. Sooo ready for more warm weather produce to come in season! This salad looks so perfectly simple and satisfying. It’s also gorgeous, which never hurts!
    Counting down the days until I can get a good bag of peaches…

  23. This looks great! I can’t wait to try this for those hot Summer days! YUM!

  24. May says...

    Very nice! Thank you for the recipe.
    Watermelon round slices will be my new bread!

  25. Emma says...

    And then pickle the watermelon rinds!