Inventive food combining isn’t new, but you are starting to see more and more chefs experimenting with food combinations you would have never thought would actually taste good. Think adding sea salt to chocolate or the latest health craze of mixing avocado and chocolate in shakes. Additions to hamburgers grow wilder by the day; crunchy peanut butter and potato chips, anyone?
One of my favorite food combinations is the watermelon feta salad, and it seems like it’s popping up on restaurant menus everywhere. There are lots of variations, but this version is my favorite. The watermelon feta salad is a great option to serve at the end of the summer when watermelons are plentiful. The saltiness of the feta compliments the sweetness of the watermelon, and the lemony cucumber dressing makes every bite sparkle.
Serves 4 to 6
Because this salad is both salty and sweet, you can pair it with whatever you want. I personally prefer a nice, chilled sauvignon blanc because I find that the flavors really compliment each other. Right now, I’ve been enjoying this option from Decoy. It’s light and flavorful and tastes great on a nice summer day.
Place cucumber, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a blender and puree until smooth.
With the blender running slowly, add the oil until it is finished.
Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Place the watermelon and feta cheese in a small bowl.
Pour half of the vinaigrette over the salad.
Toss and add additional vinaigrette as needed.
Season with salt and pepper.
Garnish with the mint leaves.
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