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Watermelon Feta Salad With Balsamic Reduction

Watermelon Feta Salad drizzled with balsamic reduction served with sourodugh bread in a white bowl.
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Summertime and the living is easy… If anyone asked me what summer tastes like, I would no doubt say, that it tastes like Watermelon and Feta Salad with Basil and sweet fruity balsamic reduction. With the addition of salty prosciutto and a slice of crusty bread, this salad is the ultimate summer lunch! You can also serve it as a light starter! It is the perfect sweet and savoury combination of flavours that just scream al fresco dining in the summertime!

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Watermelon in Savoury Salad?

We make a couple of different salads that have watermelon as the star of the show. And every time Seb takes one of these salads to work, he says he gets some bizarre looks from colleagues. Watermelon in a savoury dish!? YES! It’s great!

It hasn’t been that long ago, 4-5 years ago, that we had our first Watermelon and Prosciutto Salad in the garden of my in-laws on a warm summer day. Ever since, we have this watermelon salad at least twice a month as soon as the weather starts to get warm. This salad is the best one: it is so incredibly refreshing, it is also lower in calories, but filling enough for lunch if served with some crusty Sourdough Bread.

Watermelon and prosciutto salad with feta drizzled with balsamic reduction in a wooden serving bowl.

OK, I may be a bit biased when I say that this watermelon feta salad with balsamic dressing is the best salad in the world. I am a huge watermelon fan to start with. I’ll go as far as to say that it is my favourite fruit and… the only fruit that can stand in place of a dessert on its own. But ever since I had it in a savoury salad, my mind was blown. The fresh and sweet watermelon is absolutely brilliant when paired with salty ingredients such as prosciutto and feta cheese. What is more, we scattered some toasted pine nuts and drizzled the lot with balsamic reduction.

Ingredients and Substitutes

  • watermelon: choose a seedless watermelon that is ripe and sweet.
  • cucumber: we used English cucumber, but any cucumber that doesn’t have tough or bitter skin will do.
  • fresh herbs: mint and basil.
  • olive oil: extra virgin
  • feta: or replace feta with soft young goat’s cheese.
  • prosciutto: optional. Skip it if you are catering for vegetarians. For extra texture and a salty hit, try frying prosciutto before adding it on top of your salad!
  • pinenuts: toasted. Pinenuts can also be replaced with other buttery types of nuts like pecans or walnuts.
  • balsamic glaze or see below if you want to make your own balsamic reduction.

Method

Make the Watermelon Prosciutto Salad

Place pinenuts in a dry frying pan and toast until just starting to brown. Then tip the pinenuts into a bowl to prevent further browning and leave to cool down.

Pinenuts toasting in a frying pan.

Cut your watermelon into chunks. It is, of course, best to use seedless watermelon, but if you can’t find one, just try and scrape out most of the seeds. Slice your cucumber into half rounds.

Place the watermelon, cucumber, prosciutto pieces, mint and basil in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and toss lightly to coat.

Watermelon, cucumber, prosciutto and herbs in a large metal bowl.

Alternatively, mix everything except for prosciutto. Fry the prosciutto until it crisps up and use it to top the watermelon basil salad for an extra texture and a hit of salty goodness.

Divide the watermelon prosciutto salad between two bowls. Crumble feta on top, scatter toasted pinenuts and drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving.

Watermelon Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction drizzled on top, served in a white bowl with sliced sourdough bread.

Making Your Own Balsamic Glaze

You will need:

  • 120 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and add the sugar. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to a minimum and slowly simmer for approx. 10 minutes until it turns syrupy consistency. Pour the reduction into a small serving dish and leave to cool slightly. It will thicken as it cools.

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Watermelon Feta Salad drizzled with balsamic reduction served with sourodugh bread in a white bowl.

Watermelon Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Summertime and the living is easy… If anyone asked me what summer tastes like, I would no doubt say, that it tastes like Watermelon Feta Salad with lots of basil, mint and sweet fruity balsamic reduction glaze. With the addition of salty prosciutto and a slice of crusty bread, this salad is the ultimate summer lunch! You can also serve it as a light starter! It is the perfect sweet and savoury combination of flavours that just scream al fresco dining in the summertime!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American, European, Summer
Servings 2 portions
Calories 496 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 400 g watermelon (prepared, skinless weight) chopped into chunks
  • ½ cucumber sliced into half circles
  • 15 g mint leaves roughly chopped, optional
  • 10 g basil leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 g feta
  • 75 g prosciutto optional, torn into small pieces
  • 30 g pinenuts
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze or see below if you want to make your own

For Home-Made Balsamic Glaze:

  • 120 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Instructions
 

To Make the Salad:

  • Place pinenuts in a dry frying pan and toast until just starting to brown. Then tip the pinenuts into a bowl to prevent further browning and leave to cool down.
  • Place the watermelon, cucumber, prosciutto pieces, mint and basil in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and toss lightly to coat.
  • Divide between two bowls. Crumble feta on top, scatter toasted pinenuts and drizzle with balsamic glaze just before serving.

If You're Making Your Own Balsamic Glaze:

  • Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and add the sugar. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to minimum and slowly simmer for 10 minutes until it turns syrupy consistency. Pour the reduction into a small serving dish and leave to cool slightly. It will thicken as it cools.

Notes

Serve with crusty bread for a light lunch. 

Nutrition

Calories: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 17gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 894mgPotassium: 480mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1382IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 295mgIron: 2mg
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8 Replies to “Watermelon Feta Salad With Balsamic Reduction”

  1. 5 stars
    This was such a fresh and easy salad! The watermelon and feta tasted great together!

    1. Thanks, Anjali!

  2. 5 stars
    This is my kind of summer salad. I love the combination of sweet crunchy watermelon and salty feta.

    1. There’s nothing like watermelon and feta! The best combination! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Well, I never thought I`d like the combination of watermelon and feta! This is such a discovery for me, thanks!

    1. Glad you found this recipe! It’s a great combination! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my so many of my favourite flavours in this dish and they all worked together perfectly. Love having a new go to salad, thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Sara! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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