How in the world is it possibly the first day of August? Not to be all Debbie Downer on ya, but summer is half over, you realize that. So, please tell me you are having loads of fun, okay? That you are sucking in the sunshine and breathing out wisps of joy. I hope you've walked on beaches and dug your toes in sand and eaten too many marshmallows, and maybe seen a falling star (or two) and made very.important.wishes, because they come true you know. If you haven't done any of that stuff yet (me neither) don't fret, you still have time. But summer won't last forever so read this post because it's very important you do, then get out there and soak in some summatime. Slather on the SPF 45 first though, right?
While you are out there getting your summer on, you don't want a lot of fuss with food, am I right? In walks this gorgeous salad. Watermelon is probably a regular in your shopping basket; I like those small, seedless guys. Take it, chop it. Wander down to your herb garden and pick as much mint as you want. I have heaps and heaps of the stuff (it comes up to my knees!) and it graces my iced green and sweet teas, and garnishes salads and desserts but still it keeps on! Oh mint, whatever ELSE am I going to do with you?
At first, it might seem like an odd combo, the watermelon and mint and feta, but think about it. Sweet, salty, juicy, and with the injection of fresh lime juice and a drizzling of good olive oil, this is indeed summer in a bowl. Don't let me keep you here any longer. Get out of the house and go play already!
Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad
Basic formula, adjust as you like.
4 cups fresh, seedless watermelon, chopped
1/2 cup feta, crumbled (I like larger chunks)
1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped,
1/8 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime
drizzle of good olive oil.
Combine all ingredients in pretty bowl. Makes enough for 2 people. I served it alongside some grilled chicken breasts, marinated in olive oil, lime juice, maple syrup and fresh rosemary. Delicious!