Talk about the perfect hot weather combination! Watermelon and feta cheese make such a perfect pair. The saltiness of the feta is the perfect complement for the inherent sweetness of watermelon. When paired with the peppery taste of fresh arugula and the tangy goodness of a homemade lime-cilantro vinaigrette, you’ve got an incredible taste sensation that is sure to become a summer favorite.
1 small round seedless watermelon, cut in half with flesh removed
3 oz. feta cheese, cut into evenly sized pieces
3 cups fresh arugula, cleaned and dried
Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette Ingredients:
2 T. fresh lime juice
3 T. fresh cilantro, washed, dried and chopped into small pieces
3 T. grapeseed oil
1 t. Dijon mustard
1 T honey
2 t. ground cumin
2 t. sea salt
½ t. pepper
If possible, make the lime-cilantro vinaigrette in advance to give the flavors a chance to meld. Combine all ingredients in a small glass bowl and whisk to combine thoroughly. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
Cut small watermelon in half, then remove and reserve flesh in a glass bowl. Pat the inside of each empty watermelon rind with a paper towel to dry. Set aside to use as serving bowls for the finished salad.
Add feta and washed arugula to glass bowl along with the watermelon. Top with vinaigrette and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
To serve, add watermelon feta mixture to reserved watermelon rinds and garnish with sprigs of fresh cilantro.
If you are serving more than 2 people, substitute other serving bowls or use additional small, round watermelons.