Watermelon Salad With Dukkha Feta Cheese and Mint

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Beat the summer heat with this irresistibly refreshing watermelon feta salad! Juicy watermelon chunks are paired with creamy feta cheese infused with aromatic Dukkha spice, creating an irresistible blend of flavors and textures. Perfect for picnics, barbecues, or a light lunch, this salad will leave your taste buds craving more.

Let us Dive into the vibrant tastes of summer with a tantalizing watermelon salad that sweeps away any hint of monotony! Jordanian summer nights meant relishing the magical blend of watermelon and cheese paired with warm pita bread and the refreshing scent of mint. These moments etched enduring memories, and even now, savoring this delightful combo invokes a wave of nostalgia.

But now, I’ve discovered an extraordinary twist that takes this beloved pairing to new heights—Dukkha! Have you ever experienced its magic? If not, trust me, you need to try this recipe! I take the sublime flavors of Dukkha, an Egyptian spice mix comprising toasted spices, ground nuts, and sesame seeds, and infuse it into creamy feta cheese, creating an explosion of intense flavors. As the toasted dukkha delicately mingles with the sweet juiciness of the watermelon, you’ll experience a match made in culinary heaven.

Watermelon Salad with Feta Ingredients

  • Sweet Refreshment: Experience the juicy delight of cubed watermelon, offering a burst of natural sweetness with every bite.
  • Creamy Tang: Savor the richness of crumbled feta cheese, adding a creamy texture and tangy flavor that perfectly complements the watermelon.
  • Herbal Elegance: Elevate the salad with the aromatic freshness of coarsely chopped fresh mint, infusing an herbal elegance into every forkful.
  • Citrus Zing: Enjoy a zesty twist with the zest and juice of two limes, providing a citrusy kick that enhances the overall brightness of the salad.
  • Dukkha Magic: Elevate the flavor profile of dukkha with the unique blend of Egyptian spices, or substitute it with zaatar or sumac for a Middle Eastern flair.

Why Season the Feta Cheese? 

Feta cheese can be plain in flavor, and adding seasoning is an excellent way to spice up the salad without using a traditional dressing. The dukkha also textures the feta cheese since it has crunchy nuts. Once the feta cheese is seasoned, it should be kept in the refrigerator for about an hour. This will let all the flavors absorb into the feta cheese and enhance the watermelon salad. 

Variations for this Watermelon Salad With Feta 

Like many other salads, you can make substitutions and additions to make the salad exactly how you like it. For example, if feta cheese is too salty, you can easily switch to another crumbly cheese like goat cheese or ricotta. You can also make the salad spicy by adding chili powder or peppers. This recipe uses mint to freshen up the salad, but you can also add other herbs, such as cilantro. The star of this dish is dukkha, but if you prefer za’atar, you can substitute it as well.

What to serve with Watermelon Feta Salad

This vibrant watermelon salad is not only a refreshing standalone dish but also a fantastic accompaniment to a variety of meals. Its light and sweet flavors make it a perfect pairing for a summer barbecue spread. Serve it alongside sizzling BBQ kofta kababs for a delightful contrast of flavors. Add grilled corn on the cob to create a colorful and diverse summer feast. Alternatively, elevate your brunch experience by placing this salad next to a Mediterranean quiche or a ricotta peas pie. The crisp, juicy watermelon complements the richness of these dishes, creating a balanced and satisfying meal.

How to Make Watermelon Salad With Dukkha Feta Cheese and Mint

Preparation

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In a bowl, sprinkle the feta cheese with Dukkha and let it set in the refrigerator for an hour until you are ready to assemble the salad.
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Add the cubed watermelon to a big bowl, pour the lime juice all over, top the feta cheese, and gently mint, stir, and sprinkle more Dukkha. Served cold! Enjoy!
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Ingredients:

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10 cups cubed watermelon
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup fresh mint (chopped coarsely)
1 tablespoon dukkha
2 limes zest and juiced

Preparation

1
In a bowl, sprinkle the feta cheese with Dukkha and let it set in the refrigerator for an hour until you are ready to assemble the salad.
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Add the cubed watermelon to a big bowl, pour the lime juice all over, top the feta cheese, and gently mint, stir, and sprinkle more Dukkha. Served cold! Enjoy!

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

How to Pick a Watermelon

Selecting a ripe and sweet watermelon can be challenging, but you can choose the perfect one with a few tips. Here's what to look for: Look for a yellow patch: A ripe watermelon typically has a creamy, yellow spot on its side. This is where it rested on the ground while it was growing. The larger the yellow patch, the better chance the watermelon is ripe and sweet.

Check the weight: Lift the watermelon and feel its weight. A ripe watermelon will feel heavy for its size since it will be filled with sweet juice. Avoid watermelons that feel too light, as they may be underripe.

Tap it: Give the watermelon a gentle tap with the palm of your hand. If you hear a deep, hollow sound, it indicates that the fruit is likely ripe. A dull or thudding sound may indicate an underripe watermelon.

Examine the skin: Look for a watermelon with firm and smooth skin. Avoid watermelons with bruises, soft spots, or irregularities on their surface.

Consider the shape: While shape doesn't necessarily determine ripeness, a uniformly shaped watermelon is often a good sign. Irregular shapes may indicate uneven growth or potential issues. Following these guidelines increase your chances of selecting a deliciously ripe watermelon, ensuring a sweet and juicy experience with your watermelon salad.

Rana’s Notes!

Storage Instructions: If you have any leftovers, store the watermelon salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is best enjoyed within 1-2 days for optimal freshness. Before serving again, give it a gentle toss to redistribute the flavors. Note that the texture of the watermelon may change slightly upon refrigeration, but the flavors will still be delicious.

Nutrition Information

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