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WATERMELON AND FETA SALAD (Page 131 – The Wholesome Kitchen)

About the recipe : This recipe is the creation of Pablo Naranjo Agular, an amazing chef working with Pooja Dhingra (the author of the book ‘The Wholesome Kitchen’) who has given a very unique twist to the popular watermelon feta salad.

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For the salad:

50 gm feta cheese, crumbled

A handful of mint leaves, chopped

A handful of basil leaves, chopped

Salt, to taste

Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

250 gm watermelon cubes

40 gm rocket leaves

For the dressing:

200 gm watermelon

2 gm fresh ginger

1 tsp olive oil

Juice and zest of 1 lime

For the garnish:

15 gm pine nuts or walnuts

Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste


To make the dressing:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together as you would a juice. Divide into two equal portions.

To assemble:

  1. Divide the crumbled feta cheese into two equal portions.
  2. Mix one portion with the chopped mint and basil leaves, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Add a little dressing and mash the cheese with a fork to create a creamy paste.
  4. Put the watermelon cubes, rocket leaves, a pinch of salt and one half of the dressing in another bowl. Gently mix, till everything in well seasoned.
  5. Spread the creamy feta mix on a serving platter.
  6. Pour the second half of the dressing on top of this layer but do not mix.
  7. Place the dressed watermelon and rocket leaves on it.
  8. Top with feta cheese you had set aside earlier.
  9. Garnish with pine nuts or walnuts and freshly ground black pepper.


  1. Since rocket leaves are not readily available in Ludhiana, I skipped them and instead garnished the salad with a lush green mint sprig to add colour.
  2. Watermelon juice is watery, so use it accordingly. You do not necessarily need to pour the whole of the stated quantity into the salad.

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