Alida says: “When I first paired Watermelon with Feta, I was about 19 and trying to be all “Fantastic Foodie” with my family, they didn’t completely hate the idea but I could see they didn’t love it either. I just served up wedges of Watermelon with crumbled Feta and some black pepper. Bless them for eating it with a smile while their eyes were saying “this is kind of weird”.
Then I saw the amazing Ina Garten making a Watermelon, Feta and Rocket salad on Barefoot Contessa and it looked absolutely mouth-watering. I knew I was going to try it and then I saw it popping up on blogs all over the place. Obviously, as Watermelon is one of South Africa’s favourite fruits in summer, everyone thought this was as great an idea as I did.
Ina dressed her salad with a citrus dressing but I decided to amp up the Watermelon flavour and I made a Watermelon and Lemon dressing instead. It was delicious. The sweet Watermelon with the salty Feta is to die for, throw in some peppery rocket and a lemony dressing and you get what another blogger friend of mine likes to call, a flavour party in your mouth! I know some of you might be sceptic, especially the ones who have husbands or men to feed who aren’t so into salads, but just try it. And come tell me what you thought!”
Quantities depend on how many people will be eating
Watermelon, cubed (I try to get the seedless variety whenever I can)
Feta cheese, cubed (you want roughly the same amount of Feta as Watermelon
Fresh Rocket / Arugula
For the dressing (makes +- 250ml)
1 cup watermelon, chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
Blend or Process the watermelon. If you prefer a ‘clear’ dressing, you can strain the watermelon juice but I didn’t mind a bit of texture.
With the Blend or Processor running, add the lemon juice, seasoning and oil slowly.
Pour over the salad ingredients and serve.
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Alida Ryder is one of my favourite food people. Excellent cook, recipe developer, great photographer. Her website has a huge following and she is doing things she could only have dreamed of a few years ago. She’s written two books Simple & Delicious and Cook from the heart. Click here to go to her fabulous website. Click here to buy her first e-book.