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Tuesday's Letters Eat 38: 'W' is for Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad

I noticed the temperature in Perth, WA was 36*C last week and it is 26*C on the West Coast here, so when MrsDrWho suggested Nigella's Watermelon Salad I thought it very appropriate.

This is as easy as pie and the different flavours compliment each other so well. It is very moreish.

I bought a wedge that was about one quarter of a melon.

That's it really, gather your supplies and whip this up in a few minutes!!! You can make and serve the salad in the same dish.

NB I only made half the recipe here.


Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad    serves 8

  • a small red onion, thickly sliced
  • 2-4 fresh limes or lime juice in a lime shaped bottle (I used that)
  • 1.5kg of watermelon, I bought seedless
  • 250g feta cheese
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch mint, chopped
  • 3-4 tbspn olive oil
  • 100g black olives, pitted
  • freshly ground black pepper


Put the sliced onion in a small dish and and enough lime juice to cover it. Set aside.

Onion and watermelon

Cut the watermelon flesh into 4cm chunks, and de-seed it if you can't buy a seedless melon.

Similarly, cut the feta cheese into chunks, I favour triangles, and add to the melon.

Collating the salad
Pick off the parsley leaves and add them to the salad just as you would any salad greens. Next the mint, olives and the onions and lime juice- the juice should have taken on a pinkish hue.

Mix gently together with your hands and then dress with the olive oil and pepper.

Watermelon salad



Watermelon is one of the last things from my childhood dislikes that I haven't yet overcome. I don't know why. It's a concept I get. It gets used in awesome tasty dishes like this one. It's quenching on a hot day. Really, I should just get over it, shouldn't i? It seems silly.


And me, I looove watermelon. This salad is delicious, and good for you! Too bad watermelon is now out of season here so I'll have to enjoy it vicariously through your photos until next summer.


I would never have thought to put watermelon with olives but I can see how it will work!


Do you know, I share Bell's basic dislike of watermelon, but I really think this salad has potential. Thanks muchly.

Judy Edmonds

I love this - have made it before.


That salad would be great for our 36C day on Sunday. Now the temperature has dropped to the 20s but we will be having another hot day on Friday.

Michelle Lee

Too bad I don't like olives!!!! It was warm last weekend but since Monday, it's been cold!!!!! Bring back the sunshine please!!!


oh i love watermelon. its my summer staple. i would never have thought of putting those together, but my mouth watered reading this!


This salad looks really interesting....I can't quite get my head around the sweetness of watermelon with onion!


It's watermelon time here in sunny qld and I can't wait to try making your salad! Looks delicious.


That looks lovely - I love watermelon salad, and this is a bit fancier than my usual. I will have to put it on the list of things to try!


I'd not thought of using watermelon in a salad. That does sound good :-)

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