Melons are cheap right now so here’s a good way to take advantage of the season. I cubed up several different varieties for this salad, added some thinly sliced red onion, crumbled feta cheese, lime zest, lime juice, and a few mint leaves. I like to add some finely minced jalapeno, too.
You can lay it out checkerboard style, or pile it all in a salad bowl. I’ve even seen this kind of salad built up like a Rubik’s Cube!
To cut melon into cubes most efficiently, the best way is to lop off a little from the top and bottom, and then cut the rind off by slicing straight down each side, like the photos below. Then slice the entire melon into whatever width you want your cubes to be. Then you can easily slice up your cubes.
When you mix the sweet melon with the sharp bite of onion, feta, and lime, it becomes an incredibly refreshing and interesting salad. This sweet and savory combination has roots in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, and sometimes you’ll see it with black olives, tomatoes, or avocado. It’s healthy and super low calorie.
What You Will Need
- at least 3 different kinds of melon: I used seedless watermelon, honeydew, and orange honeydew, cut in bite sized cubes
- juice and zest of lime
- feta cheese crumbles
- thinly sliced red onion
- finely minced jalapeno pepper (optional)
- fresh mint leaves
- salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- Shortly before you want to serve the salad, toss your melon cubes in a bowl, or arrange them on individual plates in a checkerboard fashion. Top them with thin slices of red onion, lime zest, and feta crumbles. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then squeeze lime juice over all.