Are you ready to savor the goodness of summer in a single bite? Juicy sweet watermelon, tangy feta cheese and little bursts of refreshing mint tossed in sweet white balsamic reduction. This is not your average watermelon feta salad.
Summer time Bliss in a Bowl
What are your favorite parts of summer? Is it the feel of the warm sun on your skin? The feel of the breeze as it rolls of the ocean, slightly salty and thick with moisture? Or is it the slight chill in the nighttime air, perfect for comfy sweatshirts and campfire lights?
This Summer Bliss Watermelon Feta Salad is all of those things in one bowl. The crunch of the mixed greens, the juicy sun kissed watermelon, the savory tang of the cheese and the cool burst of mint. All of those things lightly coated in sweet, perfectly acidic white balsamic. Like the bittersweet sadness that summer is always over too soon.
This summer has seriously flown by in the blink of an eye. But, we've had some tasty recipes come out of it so we will just whip them up and remember our good times at the splash pad or our most recent adventure in Newport. Like this grilled vegetables & chicken kebabs with spicy yogurt that we gobbled up in seconds. Or Lavender Peach Wine Slushies that were a big hit with the bridal party.
Aside from content creations to keep those warm summertime glows strong, can we just take a second to appreciate the goodness of watermelon? Like the so sweet it should be candy, juice running down your face, spitting out the seeds like a little kid watermelon. SO good.
So when you're not sure what to do with your leftover watermelon, try whipping up these Salted Chocolate Watermelon Popsicles from The Fitchen for a sweet, hot day treat. But if you're in the mood for something a touch stronger, I'm just going to leave these Watermelon Basil Margaritas right here.
No stress Sumer Bliss Watermelon Feta Salad
Beyond the party of flavors this watermelon feta salad will bring to your palette, let's celebrate how simple this salad is to throw together. Before you even take out the cutting board, get the balsamic and sugar on the stove to start the reduction. You'll want the lowest heat so you don't burn the sugar and vinegar mixture.
While that simmers, dice up your watermelon and feta in little bite sized pieces. When considering size of the cut, just imagine you'll want to be able to get some watermelon and feta on the prongs of the fork. So just make them the appropriate size for that, about ½ inch cubes.
Chiffonade Mint. Sounds fancy. Not so fancy to actually do. Win win. Lay the leaves flat on top of each other, roll tightly, slice away.
Prepackaged mixed greens are pretty baby lettuces and additional texture. Make a little bed for your watermelon and feta and drizzle with the cooled white balsamic reduction. Sweet balsamic flavor without turning your beautiful salad brown. Beautiful Summer Bliss Watermelon Feta Salad and White Balsamic Reduction for delicious, healthy, edible eternal summer. Yay!
Summer Bliss Watermelon Feta Salad | White Balsamic Reduction
White Balsamic Reduction
- ½ cup white balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons sugar in the raw (or substitute granulated sugar)
Watermelon Feta Salad
- ½ container Spring Mix (about 2 cups)
- 4 cups watermelon (cut in ½ inch cubes)
- 8 ounces feta (cut in ½ inch cubes)
- 10 large mint leaves (chiffonade)
White Balsamic Reduction
- Combine sugar and vinegar in a saucepan. Cook on low for 18 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Mixture should simmer but not boil and will burn easily if heat is too high.
- Let cool 5-10 minutes before using. Sauce will be slightly thickened, similar to maple syrup.
Watermelon Feta Salad with White Balsamic Reduction
- Cut watermelon and feta, set aside together in a bowl.
- To chiffonade the mint, lay the mint leaves flat on top of each other. Roll tightly and slice in thin slices. Add to the watermelon and feta and gently toss together.
- In a large serving bowl, add spring mix and top with watermelon, feta and mint.
- Drizzle with white balsamic reduction. Gently toss together to coat the leaves or serve as is (watermelon will give off juice and mix with the reduction so spring mix will not end up dry if left as is.)
- granulated sugar can be substituted. I like to use sugar in the raw for the slight caramel undertones it adds to the reduction.