Beat the summer heat with this irresistibly refreshing watermelon 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.
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Indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of summer with this irresistibly delicious and refreshing watermelon salad that will banish any notions of boredom! As someone who grew up in Jordan. Summer nights were synonymous with the enchanting combination of watermelon and cheese, enjoyed alongside warm pita bread and the invigorating aroma of fresh mint leaves. Those moments created lasting memories, and to this day, the simple pleasure of savoring this delightful combination brings 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.
Dukkha: A Middle Eastern Spice Mix
Dukkha and Za’atar are both Middle Eastern spice mixes, but they have distinct characteristics and flavors. Traditionally used as a dip with bread or enjoyed with raw vegetables. It offers a toasted, nutty flavor derived from ground-up nuts and warm spices. Originating in Egypt, Dukkha is commonly enjoyed throughout the Middle East. You can typically find Dukkha in the herb and spice aisle of supermarkets or order it online from platforms like Amazon. Additionally, checking nearby international supermarkets may be worth considering.
On the other hand, Za’atar is another Middle Eastern spice mix, but it differs from Dukkha. Za’atar typically consists of a blend of spices and herbs, such as Syrian oregano, thyme, and toasted sesame seeds. While both Dukkha and Za’atar can be used in similar instances, they have distinct tastes. Dukkha stands out with its crunchy texture due to the inclusion of more nuts in the mix.
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 texture 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 Dukkha
Like many other salads, you can make substitutions and additions to make the salad exactly how you like it. For example, if you think feta cheese is too salty, you can easily make the 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.
Versatile Pairings: Serving Ideas for Watermelon 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 a side of 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.
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Experience a burst of refreshing flavors with this delightful watermelon salad. Juicy watermelon, creamy feta cheese, and aromatic Dukkha spice blend create a perfect harmony of sweet and savory. Quick and easy to make, it’s the perfect addition to any summer gathering. Treat your taste buds to a sensational salad that will leave you craving more!
|10 cups cubed watermelon|
|½ cup crumbled feta cheese|
|½ cup fresh mint (chopped coarsely)|
|1 tablespoon dukkha|
|2 limes zest and juiced|
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