dinner lunch

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Kalamata Olives

I previously referred to a grapefruit, cucumber, and smoked salmon salad as sunshine in a bowl. I stand behind that statement. This is now its equally desirable cousin, summertime in a bowl. This recipe is super easy to throw together in 10 minutes, and works just as good as a weeknight side salad as it does a fancy appetizer. If you do want to boost this up to a meal in itself, I’d recommend adding in a protein like grilled prawns or chicken.


(Serves two as a side)

  • 1/2 mini watermelon, de-seeded and cubed (~3 loose cups)
  • 1/8 red onion, slivered
  • 1 cup of kale or arugula
  • 8 kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 tbs feta
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • Optional – fresh herbs (e.g. mint, chives, parsely, etc.)


  1. Prep first! Cube (and de-seed if needed) your watermelon, and cut your olives and onion.
  2. Put watermelon, onion, greens, olives and feta in a bowl. Toss. Squeeze fresh lime on top, drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Enjoy!


I meant to put fresh mint in the salad and forgot. It’s great without it, and equally great with it! If you have any fresh herbs on hand, try them!

If you’d like to make this a main course, I’d recommend adding protein. My favorite is grilled then chilled prawns, but chicken, scallops, or steak would be great too!

What am I listening to as I make this?Never Gonna Break My Faith” by Aretha Franklin

What can I learn while I make this? Watermelon are BERRIES! Yes, you read that right. And they’re not alone in the shocking categorization: so are cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash and pumpkins.  Scientifically, they’re pepos, a specific category of berry. Pepos have a tough rind, multiple flat seeds and pulpy flesh! Read more on Food & Wine.

What if I fruity salad but not this one? Don’t worry, I won’t be offended. Here are a few more to try!

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