Give Me the Simple Life: Sweet and Salty Salad

I was at a baby shower recently and this delicious salad was served to the guests. The sweet and salty flavor is a dazzling combo! I’ve made this salad twice since and tweaked it a little. Easy to make, oh-so delicious, and expands a way to use up watermelon before it vanishes until next summer:

Watermelon Salad with Mint Leaves

1 (5 pound) watermelon (Note: I bought a large quarter from the grocery store that looked good, and it provided plenty for four people.)

1 Vidalia or red onion (sweet onion)

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons fresh mint (Note: Be careful to not use spearmint or peppermint. Use the mint that is sold in grocery stores as an herb. Trust me . . . I know this from making a mistake! The wrong mint tastes like you’re eating toothpaste.)

4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

6 whole mint sprigs

Cut the watermelon into bite-size pieces (no rind or seeds, obviously!). Peel and slice the onion into very thin rings—as thin as you can make them. Paper thin!

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Add the chopped mint. Taste and adjust (be careful of adding too much salt because the feta is salty).

In a serving bowl, combine the melon, onion and feta. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated. Garnish with mint sprigs.

*Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen . . . who has disappeared off the TV screen. I worry about her.

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Kathleen Berman says:

    I can’t eat salt anymore, but it sounds delicious. My mother used to put salt on our watermelon slices when we were kids. I can’t imagine having watermelon without it. And, that salty feta cheese I also can’t eat sounds ever so tempting as well. I’ll share this with friends, though! Thank you.