Heat Wave Food – Watermelon Salad

watermelon salad

What to eat when it’s blisteringly hot out and your kitchen feels like a stifling inferno? The thought of turning on the stove, or even worse, the oven is unbearable. The first thing I think of is ice cream, but that’s not really dinner. Next my mind goes to cool foods like cucumbers, mint, and of course watermelon. Watermelon salad enjoyed with a crisp cold cocktail makes the perfect starter. This genius watermelon salad disguised as a pizza comes from Lottie+Doof.


The presentation is a showstopper. We ate this outside and loads of people walking past stopped to ask what the heck was going on on our plates. 


This needs to be served cold, so if you have a watermelon just sitting out on your counter, slice it into rounds and chill it in the fridge. A lot of people, actually most people I know do not like raw onions at all, so omit then if you wish. Lottie+Doof recommend slicing them thin and rinsing, which I found really took the pungentness out of them.

Watermelon Salad

From Lottie+Doof

1 round of watermelon per person, cut into quarters.
feta, crumbled
mint leaves, torn
kalamata olives, sliced
red onion, very thinly sliced and rinsed

For the dressing mix together some olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over top.

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  1. David
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! I love watermelon & cheese, and I have no problems with raw onions so I have to give this a try. My mother would serve watermelon at the end of every meal while it was in season, I love watermelon!

  2. sam
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Mmmmmmm! watermelon pizza! Another onion tip is to soak them in white vinegar for about an hour and they are soooo yum on just about anything…you can also “pickle” watermelon the same way and make a salsa for topping-both are good on salads or tacos…..thanks for the ongoing inspiration!

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