This Seared Watermelon Salad is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. With juicy watermelon, creamy feta cheese, and refreshing mint, basil, and arugula, this light summer salad will be your new go-to!
Seared Watermelon Salad
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Hey friends! Sarah from Live Eat Learn here back with another super simple recipe that I think you’re going to love. Last month we whipped up a quick Summer Fruit Breakfast Bake, which took all of 15 minutes of actual work. This Seared Watermelon Salad takes about as much time (are you getting the gist that I don’t actually like spending hours cooking?) and is perfect for lunch, dinner, or snack.
If you’ve never tried a savory watermelon dish before, you need to get on it. I recently discovered a really great book called The Flavor Bible and it’s quickly become by go-to kitchen resource. Why? Well it’s purpose is to give your flavor inspirations. So I have a watermelon and I’m feeling inspirationless. I flip to the “watermelon” section and there’s a huge list of all the things that go well with watermelon. How cool is that? So while perusing the list of watermelon combos I came across feta cheese, and the idea stopped me in my tracks. Fresh watermelon with creamy, tangy feta…could that work? So I ran to the kitchen, threw open the fridge, and pulled out these two seemingly opposite ingredients. Hesitantly, I popped them both in my mouth at the same time, and then my whole world flipped upside down.
Okay, I’m being dramatic. But the combo was really really good. And after pan-searing fresh watermelon into a savory watermelon steak last year, I knew cooking watermelon was another under-appreciated means of serving up this summer melon. So I just combined it all. Today we’re searing up watermelon and tossing it with a simple combo of feta cheese, arugula, mint, basil, and red onions. The result is a summer salad that is so refreshing and satisfying. I think you’re really going to love it!
Seared Watermelon Salad
- ¼ medium watermelon
- ½ cup crumbled or cubed feta cheese
- 2 cups arugula
- ¼ cup sliced red onion
- 2 Tbsp chopped mint
- 2 Tbsp chopped basil
- 1 Tbsp olive oil + more for cooking
- ¼ tsp each of salt and pepper
- Cut watermelon into 1 inch thick slices and remove the rind. Lightly brush each piece with olive oil.
- In a grill pan, saute pan, or on the grill, cook watermelon at medium/high heat until char lines develop or until watermelon lightly browns, about 3 minutes each side.
- Remove from heat and chop watermelon into large chunks.
- In large bowl, gently combine watermelon, feta, arugula, red onion, mint, and basil.
- Whisk together 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Gently combine with the rest of the salad. Serve warm or chilled.
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