Summer has definitely arrived in the West Kootenay! One of our favourite summer salads at Kootenay Spice is watermelon salad. We made this delicious side for the guests at our wedding last July and have since had a number of requests for the recipe.
It is such a refreshing and flavourful salad and is always a hit at picnics and BBQs. If you like watery fruits and veggies like watermelon, cucumber and tomatoes, you will love this salad!
You will need:
½ large watermelon (or 1 small one)
1 fresh cucumber
1 cup of fresh, cherry tomatoes
1 red pepper
1 small red onion
¼ cup Kootenay Spice Rosemary Balsamic Drizzle
½ cup feta cheese
1 – 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 – 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
First you will want to cut up the watermelon into ½ to 1” chunks. You can also use a melon baller, but chopping it into chunks works just fine too. Once it is chopped up, set it in a colander over some paper towel to let some of the water drip out.
Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and with a small spoon, scrape the seeds out of the middle. Cut the cucumber into ½” pieces and place them into a large, non-metallic bowl.
Slice the cherry tomatoes in half (so that they can absorb more of the balsamic vinegar) and add them to the cucumber pieces. Chop the red pepper into 1/2” pieces and the red onion into thin strips and add them to the mix too.
Pour the Rosemary Balsamic Drizzle over the fruit & veggie mix and refrigerate for at least an hour. About 15 minutes before serving, stir in the feta, basil and mint.
There you have it, our most favourite and most popular summer salad! Enjoy!