A Unique Watermelon Salad
Watermelon Brick, Pomegranate Syrup, Feta, Cucumber
Borage, Basil, Red Onion, Cayenne, Olive Oil, Sprouted Watermelon Seeds
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The Borage & Basil Bistro is a bright sunny spot, a virtual place to enjoy summer’s bounty on a pretty plate. A relaxing place to sip a nice cool, crisp and melon-y Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh picked herbs and edible flowers dominate the menu.
Today’s salad special takes the ubiquitous combination of watermelon and feta and adds our eponymous borage & basil. Like bright stars falling from the summer sky…with it’s electric blue color and a faintly sweet flavor with hints of cucumber, borage makes the presentation pop! Pomegranate syrup adds sweet and tangy notes, while sprouted watermelon seeds add interest – they’re high in protein, with a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. It’s a visually striking salad, light yet satisfying. And it just screams summer!
Unique Watermelon Salad Recipe
- finely chopped red onion
- thinly sliced strips of cucumber
In separate bowls, sprinkle red onion and cucumber with sugar. Pour rice vinegar over the top and marinate in the refrigerator for about a half hour. When ready to serve, roll cucumber into spirals.
Slice chilled watermelon into bricks. Slice thin slabs of feta to fit on top of the watermelon.
- pomegranate syrup
- cayenne pepper
- sprouted watermelon seeds
- olive oil
- flaky salt
- small basil leaves
Brush pomegranate syrup onto a platter. Place watermelon brick over the syrup. Dust watermelon with cayenne. Place feta on top of watermelon. Top feta with red onion, then cucumber spirals. Scatter sprouted watermelon seeds around the watermelon. Drizzle olive oil over the brick. Season with flaky salt. Garnish with borage and basil.
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23 thoughts on “Unique Watermelon Salad”
That is the prettiest block of watermelon I have ever seen! You are so creative Lori
Thank you my friend. And by the way, I adore your watermelon cake!! Super clever.
Just beautiful and a wonderful tutorial. We should all strive to serve plates that look as beautiful as yours!
Thanks Joan – you are too kind. I hope you are enjoying a delicious summer, my friend!
Your food is GORGEOUS. This looks wonderful!
Thanks Katie – I love your pairing of watermelon and jalapeño! Nice to share the Food Network experience with you.
Your usual faultless plating for the watermelon salad: just beautiful. As far as making some for the table – I do like the watermelon carpaccio: what an inspired idea 🙂 !
Eha, my dear, you are always so complimentary. Thank you for all your support. Let me know if you make the carpaccio!
It will be a delightful first course with your name on it when summer arrives . . . actually many bloggers find me a tad too forthright: but I feel I would insult the poster and myself if I did not reach out with the truth!
I’ve seen and had many a watermelon salad but this is by far the prettiest one.
Hi Karen – nice to hear from you. Thank you for the compliment. I was really trying to do something a little different with watermelon salad. Really happy with the way this turned out.
A woman after my own heart. Food must be beautiful!! You do a tremendous job. Glad that the watermelon salad caught my eye today!
Me too Laurie! Thanks for taking the time to comment!