Summer is upon us, and warmer weather usually means more parties. Whether entertaining indoors or out, try this light and tasty salad accompanied by festive Prosecco for your guests!
Watermelon is the quintessential summertime treat. This salad combines the sweetness of summer watermelon with the brininess of feta cheese and olives. Adding mint to the mix not only uses up the mint that overtakes our gardens this time of year, but adds a little extra kick of cool and sweet. Bolla Prosecco offers up flavors of other summer fruits with a mild acidity that nicely balances the salad’s sweet and salty essence.
RECIPE: Watermelon, Feta, Olive and Mint Salad
Recommended wine pairing: Bolla Prosecco
8 cups cubed watermelon (approx. one 5-pound watermelon)
½ red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup chopped fresh mint
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, minced (optional)
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch each of salt and pepper
1½ cups crumbled feta cheese
Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
Cut the watermelon into ½-inch cubes. Add the sliced red onion, mint, olives and jalapenos.
Toss to combine. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
In a small tightly-lidded jar, combine the lime juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Set aside.
Just before serving, drain any accumulated water in the bowl of watermelon, then add the feta cheese. Shake the jar of lime dressing until completely blended and pour over the watermelon. Stir gently to combine; garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately.
TIP: Adjust the amount of any of the ingredients to tailor this salad to your taste: feel free to add more of what you love.
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Diane Fluin is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer/editor, food blogger and wine lover with a passion for matching food with wine so that they bring out the best in each other. Diane provides step-by-step details of recipes to pair with her favorite Banfi wines, and when she isn’t cooking a meal or enjoying a glass of wine, she’s planning her next meal or thinking about wine.