Nigella's Watermelon and Feta Salad: 31 Days of Simple Recipes: Day 19

by - October 19, 2011

I know I've said it a million times before and I'am saying it again - I'am a huge fan of Nigella. She is my food idol. Just try this recipe and you will know why I go gaga over Nigella.

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1 small red onion
2-4 limes, depending on juiciness
1.5 kg sweet, ripe watermelon
250g feta cheese
Bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley (I used coriander instead of parsley)
Bunch fresh mint, chopped
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
100g pitted black olives (I didn't have any olives, skipped them)
Black pepper

Peel and halve the red onion and cut into very fine half-moons and put in a small bowl to steep with the lime juice, to bring out the transparent pinkness in the onions and diminish their rasp. Two limes' worth should do it, but you can find the fruits disappointingly dried up and barren when you cut them in half, in which case add more.

Remove the rind and pips from the watermelon, and cut into triangular chunks. I used a melon scoop instead. Crumble the feta into similar sized pieces and put them both into a large, wide shallow bowl. Tear off sprigs of parsley so that it is used like a salad leaf, rather than a garnish, and add to the bowl along with the chopped mint.

Tip the now glowingly puce onions, along with their pink juices over the salad in the bowl, add the oil and olives, then using your hands toss the salad very gently so that the feta and melon don't lose their shape. Add a good grinding of black pepper and taste to see whether the dressing needs more lime.

I can't put a finger on what I loved the most about this salad - combo of sweet watermelon and feta or the crunchy and sweet red onions or the freshness of mint leaves. The next time I make this salad I would add more onions. I would also look for really red watermelon. It was more pink than red this time.

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