I am a huge fan of salads and one thing I cannot stand is getting a sub-standard version when eating out. With just a little bit of thought you can have a truly amazing dish and there are endless possibilities. This recipe for watermelon and feta salad is a classic and perfect for when you want a quick and easy lunch dish with just a handful of ingredients.
A refreshing and easy to prepare salad that brings together the flavours of Summer in one bowl!
To bring any salad together the dressing is always an important component. For this recipe I have used an olive oil based dressing flavoured with lemon and parsley. It is simple to make and all you need is a small container with a lid to shake it all together. Pour over the salad just before serving to keep it as fresh as possible.
If you have not tried fruit in your salad before then you are in for a treat; the soft and juicy watermelon goes perfectly with the saltiness of the feta and the fresh burst of mint. If it is a lovely sunny day (fingers crossed we will be getting some more!) you will find this salad is just what you need for a refreshing light lunch.
Dairy and Paleo…
I often get asked questions about whether or not I include dairy in my Paleo diet and the answer is occasionally in the form of cheese and grass-fed butter. I suffer from eczema and find that dairy does inflame this; especially cow’s milk cheese. I therefore stay away from this but do include a small amount of sheep and goat’s milk cheese in my diet as I just adore it and life would be miserable without it.
I try to buy raw milk cheese where I can and find that this is becoming increasingly easy to source. I have it perhaps a couple of times a week at the moment, especially in salads.
If you are considering including some dairy in your Paleo diet then I would suggest starting off slowly and adding a little into your meals once a week to see how you go. By including it bit by bit you will be able to effectively monitor if you are having any adverse reactions to it. If you have a milk allergy or sensitivity then some people do find that they can tolerate goat’s milk (which contains lower levels of lactose) so this could be an option if you are missing a bit of dairy.
- ½ large watermelon, cut into chunks
- 150g feta, cut into chunks or crumbled
- 6 sprigs fresh mint, leaves only
- 1 red onion, sliced length ways
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon, juice only
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- Pinch sea salt
- Place all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl and mix together gently using you hands.
- To make the dressing place all the ingredients into a small container with a lid and shake well. You could also put into a blender if you prefer.
- When ready to serve add the dressing to taste.