Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad with Honey Balsamic Glaze

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I’m kind of weird with mint. I think I associate it too closely with toothpaste so I’m super picky about when I use it. I really, really don’t like it anywhere near my ice cream, chocolate or potatoes. It’s perfect with watermelon and feta though. I decided to make a glaze with honey and balsamic vinegar to brighten the sweet and tart flavors. I left the shallots out this time (because I was tired and forgot them). It was still good but a touch of sharp shallot helps bring it over to the savory side. This is so summery and incredibly quick to make. 
I must be on a sweet/salty kick because when I bought this watermelon, I couldn’t wait to chop it up and throw some feta and mint on that bad boy (Sorry, not sure why I’m talking like Guy Fieri all of a sudden. Shudder.). This is a classic combination which just really works in a “greater than the sum of it’s parts” sort of way.
Don’t forget to buy a seedless watermelon. I got a seeded one by accident and it made it slightly annoying to eat. While I do enjoy spitting watermelon seeds like a trucker spitting dip, it’s less hilarious when it’s in my living room and I’ve got to clean it up. 
Watermelon, Feta and Mint with Honey Balsamic Glaze 
  • 4 cups 3/4-inch cubes seedless watermelon (half a medium watermelon)
  • 5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
For the glaze
In a small jar, combine the honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well. 
For the salad
Cut the watermelon into 3/4 inch cubes and place in a large salad bowl. Add the shallots, chopped mint and crumble the feta over.  Drizzle a tablespoon or so of the glaze over and mix gently, so you don’t break up the feta too much. Keep it cold until you’re ready to serve.  

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Nerd tips:

  • Go easy on the glaze, especially if your watermelon is very sweet. Just a drizzle makes it pop.
  • Don’t like mint? Try basil instead.
  • To make this more of a salad, mix in a big handful of peppery arugula. 

2 thoughts on “Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad with Honey Balsamic Glaze”

    • Definitely try it! It’s surprisingly good. It seems a little weird at first but I think it’s similar to the classic sweet/savory combos like prosciutto wrapped melon or figs stuffed with salty cheese.


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