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Watermelon Feta Caprese Salad

Watermelon Feta Caprese Salad

To say it’s hot in Texas would be an understatement. But it is summer and it is July and this is Texas, so something cool and refreshing seems to be perfect for the menu. Look no further than watermelon – the quintessential summer fruit!

We typically think of watermelon as a picnic fruit, one that we simply slice and eat without the use of utensils. But add a savory, slightly salty component along with fresh herbs and you can turn this common fruit into a gorgeous side salad. Elegant but still casual and perfect for any occasion.

A true Caprese salad has layers of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil then finished with olive oil or balsamic vinegar. In this twist, watermelon is traded for the tomatoes and feta for the mozzarella. Keep the fresh basil – with its slightly peppery essence – and top everything with a rich, aged balsamic.

For the best flavor make certain you select a ripe watermelon and chill it well before serving. Use a high quality, aged balsamic vinegar. One of my favorites is Giusti Dense Balsamic Vinegar, available in fine food or culinary shops or online. It has a slightly thick consistency with a luscious sweet undertone, perfect for topping fruits and cheese. It’s a bit of an investment but one bottle will last you a while and it is well worth the price!

You can pick up a wedge of feta for slices or use crumbled feta. French feta has a milder flavor than the Greek variety – so pick your favorite. Feta’s slightly salty taste plays off the sweetness of the watermelon along with the balsamic, so no need to salt the salad– just add freshly cracked black pepper if you like.

This recipe uses a quarter-wedge of a large watermelon and easily serves 8 with leftover melon. The beauty of this simple, light salad – it can be served on a platter or assembled in individual servings. In a matter of minutes you can create a beautiful centerpiece delicious enough to eat!

Watermelon Feta Caprese Salad

1 small watermelon, or a quarter-wedge of a large watermelon

1 to 2 bunches fresh basil, about 18 – 20 large leaves

1 cup package feta – about 7-ounces

2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar, or to taste

¼ to ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste, optional

Slice the watermelon into slices about ¾” to 1” thick pieces. If you’re serving on a platter, layer the watermelon, with 3 leaves of basil on each piece.

Crumble ½ cup of the feta over the top of the melon.

Drizzle the balsamic over the salad and finish with freshly cracked black pepper if desired. Serve with extra feta.

If plating individual servings of the salad, place one slice of melon on each plate. Slice the feta into thin pieces and place on the top of the watermelon. Arrange three basil leaves over the cheese then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Season with freshly cracked black pepper if desired.

Watermelon Feta Caprese Salad courtesy of Preserving Good Stock,

July 20, 2018
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In this twist on the classic Caprese salad, watermelon is traded for the tomatoes and feta for the mozzarella. Keep the fresh basil - with its slightly peppery essence - and top everything with a rich, aged balsamic. In a matter of minutes you can create a beautiful centerpiece delicious enough to eat!

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Ingredients
  • 1 small watermelon, or a quarter-wedge of a large watermelon
  • 1 to 2 bunches fresh basil, about 18 – 20 large leaves
  • 1 cup package feta – about 7-ounces
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste, optional
Directions
  • Step 1 Slice the watermelon into slices about ¾” to 1” thick pieces.
  • Step 2 If you’re serving on a platter, layer the watermelon, with 3 leaves of basil on each piece.
  • Step 3 Crumble ½ cup of the feta over the top of the melon.
  • Step 4 Drizzle the balsamic over the salad and finish with freshly cracked black pepper if desired. Serve with extra feta.
  • Step 5 If plating individual servings of the salad, place one slice of melon on each plate.
  • Step 6 Slice the feta into thin pieces and place on the top of the watermelon.
  • Step 7 Arrange three basil leaves over the cheese then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar.
  • Step 8 Season with freshly cracked black pepper if desired.

 



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