Jul 15, 2013

Chilled Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad



Chilled watermelon and chunks of cucumber are tossed with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, fresh mint and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. It's that salty-sweet thing going on here that's so good – and will keep you cool as a cucumber during these dog days of summer.

This is the ONLY salad I want this week; temperatures are going to be in the high 90's all week long here in New York. During these sultry months, I usually make my watermelon salad with arugula, feta and red onion, but I loved this new combination with cucumber, mint and olives for an alternative, and a great way to use up any cucumbers you may have lying around.


You can double this to make a big bowl for a crowd, or cut it in half if you want to serve two. This makes a great side dish to grilled chicken, or seafood.


Chilled Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4  • Size: 1 1/4 cups  • Old Points: 3 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 112 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 15.5 g
Sodium: 233 mg  • Cholest: 6.3 mg

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chilled seedless watermelon, diced large
  • 1 medium chilled English cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup (1 oz) crumbled feta
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint (or basil) leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp balsamic glaze

Directions:

Divide the watermelon and cucumbers equally between 4 plates or in one large serving bowl; top with olives, feta and mint. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over everything when ready to serve.

40 comments :

  1. I keep seeing the watermelon and feta combo everywhere these days. I really need to make this. It looks so refreshing! Thanks for the recipe.

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  2. I feel a little silly asking this, but what is balsamic glaze? Do I need to make it or buy it?

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    1. I was thinking the same thing... what exactly is a balsamic glaze?

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    2. It's basically a balsamic reduction, they sell it next to the balsamic vinegar, or you can make it yourself. I buy mine in Trader Joe's but I see it everywhere.

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    3. ME TOO; balsamic glaze (I think it maybe reducing balsamic on the stove top until it thickens by half) I could be wrong :~) =^..^=

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  3. I have tried water melon plus mint and water melon plus feta but never all 3 together! Gotta try it out. Yes, the weather is getting ridiculously hot where I live too.

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  4. I was wondering what the balsamic glaze is also. I looked under dressings and there is no recipe search button that I can see. Thanks.

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  5. You can either make your own by reducing balsamic on the stove top until it thickens or you can buy it. Most full service grocery stores have it in the same section as balsamic/vinegar/oils.

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  6. Love all these flavors together... Perfect for summer

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  7. About the balsamic glaze, I just bought some balsamic vinegar, and it had a free sample packet of balsamic 'glaze' attached. Apparently you can buy it. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like something I would definitely like! I also found a recipe online and it consists of cooking balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.

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    1. No need to add the sugar, it will thicken the longer it simmers.

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  8. I literally have all this stuff in my fridge ! Hmm, lunch tomorrow !!

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  9. Yumm...... exactly what I was looking for! I'm in NY also....and these 90 degree days are way too hot for me to think about cooking. Thanks..I love your blog:)

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  10. I cannot wait to try this - I can actually put a whole watermelon away myself, and the combo with the feta has me almost giddy with anticipation.

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  11. Yummers!! Just can't wait for all the rain to stop here in Florida and try a nice cool refreshing watermelon cucumber salad :)

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  12. I love having fruit in salads! Its a whole new thing for me :)

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    1. You'll love watermelon in your salad!

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  13. yum this salad sounds so refreshing and good!

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  14. Gina - anything I could do instead of olives? My husband hates them unfortunately!

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  15. Gina. What is a balsamic glaze? Was it store bought or homemade?

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  16. Gina. What is a balsamic glaze? Was it store bought or homemade?

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    1. They sell it in the store next to the vinegars, I see it everywhere now but if you can't find it, you can simmer balsamic vinegar on the stove until it reduces and thickens.

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  17. Balsamic Glaze
    INGREDIENTS

    2 1/4 cups balsamic vinegar

    1/4 teaspoon honey (optional)

    Pinch of coarse salt
    STEP 1
    Bring vinegar to a boil in a small heavy saucepan; reduce to a simmer, and cook until thickened and syrupy, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in honey (if desired) and salt. Let cool completely before serving (glaze will thicken slightly as it cools).

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  18. I have about sixteen little watermelons in the garden - this is on the list as soon as I have a ripe one or two!

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  19. Gorgeous salad! Looks so light and refreshing!

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  20. This sounds amazing! I have everything to make this tonight!! :-) I usually do a watermelon, basil, kalamata olive salad with grilled haloumi cheese and a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice-I love the salty sweet goodness!

    Can't wait to make this one!!

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  21. What is the difference between the cucumbers? What is an English cucumber? I am kind of old but don't know what is the difference and this recipe sounds so good I want to try it. Thanks

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  22. Made this yesterday...It was soooooo good! My husband said, I would never have ordered anything like this out because of the combo but it's delicious. :) I used black olives and kirby cukes (since that's what I'm growing in my garden) and took the seeds out.(Just slice in half and scoop out) And made my own balsamic glaze. 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to 1/4 cup brown sugar (I used brown sugar splenda). bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 mins. Making this again tonight as a side! ;)

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  23. Yummy - this looks delish. I love feta and watermelon together, nom!

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  24. This looks delicious! I had a really flavoursome watermelon and chevre salad in Paris on the weekend. I think the watermelon had been infused with chilli and basil, it was really tasty!

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  25. This salad looks delicious, and so cooling.

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  26. made this tonight! super yummy! instead of the glaze i just used regular balsamic vinegar , and i didn't add the mint. It was great, Thanks for posting, as I would have never tried this combination otherwise

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  27. Yay, just made this two nights ago and it was delicous! I substituted basil for mint leaves and made my own glaze but it was all delicious! Here is my take on this! http://maryskd.blogspot.com/2013/07/balsamic-watermelon-cucumber-salad.html

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  28. This was just wonderful. I added in little raspberry balsamic by mistake but it was great.

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  29. yum! i am so in the mood for this right now. off to find me a watermelon!

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  30. I can't wait to try this. Had almost the same thing in a restaurant except they used pesto in it, I don't think there was balsamic because of that but if was delicious!

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  31. I've always loved this salad! I once made it for my bf and family. They all loved it xx

    http://www.danceonflour.com/

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  32. I had this at a restaurant similar but they put caramel popcorn few pieces in was soooo good could use a low fat caramel popcorn I'm so gonna do this yummy lol

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