Watermelon and Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction


We had this salad at the Food & Garden Festival in Epcot, Disney World, in April. My son loved it so much I told him when we got home I would make it for him. Well, I saw watermelons on sale the other day and picked up one that looked nice and let it sit on my counter for a day or two. I knew I needed to use the watermelon before it turned so I decided to make the salad last night.

We had fresh greens from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share to go with it so it was a perfect night for this dish!

Verdict:

The entire family was surprised at how much they liked the salad and that I ate it willingly! My son said it was the bitterness of the greens with the saltiness of the feta and the sweetness of the watermelon that made it yummy.

We served this before our meal and it was a nice refreshing start to the meal.

Watermelon and Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 6 cups greens, (arugula, baby greens or micro greens are particularly good)
  • 3 oz. feta, cut into small pieces
  • black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

  1. To make balsamic reduction – in a small saucepan over medium heat stir together balsamic vinegar and honey. Bring to a slow simmer and allow to reduce until it is a thick syrup. Stir often to avoid burning. Remove reduction from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Make salad in a large bowl stirring well. Then drizzle cooled balsamic reduction over salad. Serve.

24 Comments Add yours

  1. I absolutely adore watermelon salad – it is just so refreshing. Yours looks really wonderful and bright πŸ™‚

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  2. Megala says:

    Fantastic selection of ingredients!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

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  3. I don’t even care for watermelon but I’m tempted to try this salad.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      My family loved it but we all like watermelon. If you want try it maybe start with just a little bit of watermelon and if you like it add the rest, if not you still have a nice salad.

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  4. Lacey says:

    I love easy summer salads. Thank you for this one!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      You’re welcome! Hope you like it!

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  5. I’m so impressed with your children’s palate!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. It has been a process but they have really changed from where they were.

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  6. As a fellow Midwesterner now living in California, your children’s growth is astounding!!!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you.

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  7. Blog idea? I love the blog about your families original rules regarding recipes. Now living in California I don’t appreciate the seasons. We have miserable peaches year round. I would love to see what you do seasonally fresh.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. I just picked up our first CSA share of the season the other day. I know there is lots of kale, lettuce, and berries for us the next few weeks.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

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  8. Yummy and refreshing. Never thought of putting watermelon in salad. I love strawberries in salads, so this sounds nice.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. I was a bit skeptical but it was so delicious.

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  9. Your son’s taste buds have certainly come on since you started your experiment!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! I hope they continue to improve too.

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  10. ckennedyhola says:

    This salad looks so easy and healthy–I can’t wait to try it!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      My daughter loves the balsamic reduction. It is good on so many things!

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