This cooling, colourful and refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction is the perfect light alternative to a hot, hearty meal during a warm summers day.
So… I was forced to watch a scary movie last night.
Anyone who knows me will be in shock at the very thought of me watching a scary movie because I despise them and I’ve made sure my friends and family know it. I mean, what’s there to enjoy? You’re watching a movie and almost 90% of the time your eyes are covered, you’re nervous, your hearts beating way too fast whilst sitting on the sofa and to top it all off, your too scared to go the bathroom at the end of it!
I know right who would watch them?
Well unfortunately, I fell trap to my younger sister’s ploy last night and she somehow managed to convince me that watching a scary movie with her would be great fun. Surely it would be a bit of an adrenaline rush to feel my heart jump out of my mouth and into my hands, right? So, I took a leap of faith and reluctantly agreed. I can tell you right now that the leap of faith was unworthy of the pain I had to endure, but hey at least my sister enjoyed it!
You see, schools out for my younger sister and with it comes movie nights, staying up later than usual and going on new adventures. This is the first year since being aged 5 that I myself wasn’t in formal education. I graduated from university last summer and so I didn’t join in with the hype of counting down the days till the summer break this year. For most this may be a relief, but for me it’s quite the contrary. Surprising as it may be, I liked loved school. Yup, you heard that right. I was the girl who wouldn’t tell my mother that I wasn’t feeling well just in case she advised me not to go into school that day!
Anyway, so you may be thinking about how weird I am. But think about it, school = you get to see your friends, meet new people, go on trips and have new experiences whilst at the same time being educated. How cool was that? Not convinced yet? Well you know I’m right when you think back and reminisce about the times when you had no worries about the adult world and you would look forward to the lengthy breaks throughout the year. The best and longest being, SUMMER BREAK. The time when you can let loose, relax and forget about your worries…
With that being said, summer is definitely here and it is during this time that I love to enjoy fresh, simple and satisfying salads. So I thought I’d kick things off with this refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction. I had this salad a few weeks ago and was unsure about whether the outcome would be tasty or not. I added the zest and juice of a lime to add a nice citrusy tang to the sweet watermelon. This combined with fresh aromatic mint and a sweet balsamic reduction sang pure harmony in my mouth! I was pleasantly surprised. The simplicity and cooling factor of this salad means that it’s not only quick and easy to prepare, but it’s the perfect accompaniment for hot summer days when you want to have something light, cold and you’re trying your best to keep your stomach tucked!
I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do, although it might seem like an odd combo at first give it a try. I’m sure you’ll love it!
I’m off for a picnic in the park with my family now and yes, I’m taking a tub of this blissful salad with me! Enjoy 🙂
- • 1 small sweet watermelon, cut in triangular wedges
- • 1 lime, juiced and zested
- • 3 ½ ounces (100g) feta cheese
- • black pepper to taste
- • ¼ cup mint leaves
- • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- • 1 table spoon brown sugar or honey
- MAKE the balsamic reduction by adding the balsamic vinegar and sugar (or honey) to a small sauce pot over a medium/high heat. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer for about 7-10 minutes. The balsamic vinegar should reduce by about 60%.
- WATCH carefully near the end as you dot want it to burn. When the reduction coats the back of a spoon it will be thick enough. Remove of the heat and allow to cool. It will thicken further as it cools.
- TO SERVE, pour the lime juice over the water melon wedges, sprinkle with the crumbled feta cheese, lime zest, a touch of black pepper and finally drizzle over the balsamic reduction.