Fresh Watermelon Salad

Watermelon is one of the best things to enjoy in the summer!    There is nothing quite like biting into sweet, cold, juicy watermelons!    As a child I remember my father taking us to nearby produce stands where there were huge tin water troughs filled with ice and watermelon.  Wow, just like a cold beer in a ice-filled beer tub!   I pity anyone who lacks a memory of eating a slice of ice cold watermelon . . . simple with nothing added!  Yea, now that’s summer eaten’!

However, for a recent gathering with friends, I prepared a heavenly watermelon with goat cheese salad, a sweet and savory combination that is so delicious you may not stop eating it!  I know that this combo sounds really weird, but all of the different textures and flavors combine perfectly and the balsamico vinegar lends a nice kick to smack those taste buds of yours!

A day or two ahead, marinate your goat or feta cheese (I use goat cheese because I find it more mild and so it soaks up all the herbs and olive oil more genuinely; plus my husband hates feta cheese . . . remember he’s still “Mr. Meat and Potatoes”). . . I mean after all . . . feta?  Nothing but cheddar or mozzarella cheese for my guy!  Yet reluctantly and surpisingly he enjoyed his one bite of this salad and then proceeded to cut that tried-and-true slice of watermelon to enjoy while I noshed on this salad.

This is superb and I highly recommend this incredible watermelon salad!

And as with all recipes, to achieve mouth-watering results, please remember to use quality ingredients:    extra virgin olive oil instead of regular olive oil (unless specified), freshly ground black pepper instead of already ground pepper, freshly ground sea salt instead of regular salt, etc.

It really makes a difference in the end-resulting flavors and final dish.  You’ll be so glad that you did!

at our local produce stand:   a ‘refrigerated’ trailer full of cold, sweet watermelons!
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the goat cheese happily marinating in all of the herbs, spices, and olive oil
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Fresh Watermelon Salad with Fresh Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

What You Need:

  • watermelon cut into 1 - 2" cubes
  • 1 small roll of goat cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh herbs, finely chopped (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary)
  • 3 tsp. red chili pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil, broken into pieces by hand
  • Balsamico vinegar -- to drizzle on salad

Instructions

  • Prepare the marinaded goat/feta cheese at least 2 hours earlier than serving the salad.
  • In a clean glass jar, pour the oil into it.
  • Add the chopped feta/goat cheese.
  • Add all chopped fresh herbs.
  • Add red pepper flakes and minced garlic.
  • Gently, very gently swish the cheese cubes around in the marinade.
  • Place in the frig to chill for 2 hours.
  • Just before serving, cut watermelon into cubes.
  • Sprinkle the marinaded cheese cubes over the watermelon cubes.
  • Drizzle with balsamico vinegar or pass it around to guests.

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Fresh Watermelon Salad

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Comments

  1. says

    They’ve got baby watermelons on sale here. I’m making this tomorrow as soon as I get some goat cheese at Costco. I’m out of feta, too.

    Have you ever made homemade “pepperoni”??

    I’m going to try this recipe next week.

    http://www.tammysrecipes.com/tammys_spicy_pepperoni

    Hubby has out-of-town students coming for intensive lesson sessions this weekend and I thought it might be a bit rude to have this in the oven for 8 hours while they’re here. heh

  2. says

    I’ve never tried mixing watermelon with feta, but so many people rave about it, and your photos look so enticing. I’ve got the feta, now I’m off to get some watermelon.

  3. says

    Annie, I think that mozzarella would do fine, especially for those palettes (such as my husband) who prefer more mild flavored cheeses! Please let me know what you think!

  4. says

    Hey there Cakeboi! So glad that you joined in the chat here! Scotland is my kind of place right now; we’re boiling and I need some cool temps! Enjoy Scotland, a place that hubbie and I dream of visiting someday!

  5. says

    LInda, oh my gosh, you’ve SO got to try this; I was hesitant to try also . . . . until I added the balsamico and I just went to heaven!

  6. says

    Roz, this looks fabulous!!! We’re having such a hot, dry summer… a cool and delicious salad would hit the spot! Beautiful, too.

  7. says

    I love how you changed this salad up with goat cheese instead of the usual feta. Delicious and utterly addictive! It truly is one of summer’s best!

  8. The Orange Bee says

    I am making this tonight! I just bought a watermelon yesterday – hope it’s a sweet one. SOunds delicious and refreshing.

  9. says

    Hi – I linked this recipe to a post about Caprese Salad on The Orange Bee. I haven’t posted yet but will on Monday if not before. Hope you don’t mind…My salad is a bit different from yours and the other two I linked up. All delicious for sure!

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