Date posted: 05/09/2023

Feta and pickled melon salad with a honey chilli and sesame dressing

A refreshing salad combining feta and fresh, tangy pickled watermelon with fresh radish, honey chilli dressing and sesame seeds

  • Serves 10
Votes: 2 Average: 4.5


For the pickled watermelon
Casa de Mare white wine vinegar 100ml
Everyday Favourites whole black peppercorn 1g
Tate & Lyle caster sugar 80g
World of Spice white mustard seeds 3g
Fresh bay leaves (chilled) 1g
Watermelon (chilled) Half a watermelon
For the salad
Kalos feta cheese (chilled) 1kg
Olives Et Al. Kilamata pitted olives 120g
Basil (green, chilled) 15g
Cucumber (chilled) 35-40mm
Fancy leaf little gem lettuce (chilled) 1 lettuce
Fancy Leaf wild roquette baby leaf rocket salad (chilled) 200g
Mint (chilled) 15g
Parsley (flat, chilled) 30g
Radish (chilled) 200g
For the dressing
Everyday Favourites sesame seeds 25g
La Española pure olive oil 180ml
Lime (loose) 2 limes
Red chillies (chilled) 10g
Hilltop Blossom honey 60g
Everyday Favourites whole black peppercorn 0.5g
Casa de Mare sea salt 3g


To prepare the pickled watermelon:
  1. Dice the watermelon into 1cm squares to prepare
  2. Place all of the other ingredients into a pan and add 200ml of water. Bring this to the boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the watermelon and remove from the heat. Allow it to cool and steep overnight.
  To make the dressing:
  1. Toast the sesame seeds until golden and leave to cool.
  2. In a bowl, add the olive oil and then the zest and juice from 2 limes. Dice the red chilli, and add this along with the honey, black pepper and sea salt together. Whisk the ingredients and then set the dressing aside until required.
  To prepare the salad:
  1. Wash and remove the leaves from the baby gem lettuce.
  2. Wash and chop the herbs, and slice the cucumber and either slice or quarter the radish.
  3. Place the salad leaves into a bowl and add the chopped herbs, and sliced cucumber.
  4. Crumble the feta over the top and add the picked watermelon.
  5. Drizzle over the dressing and toss the salad.
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