I would like to point out that I created this salad long before sweetgreen released their late summer menu with a very similar looking salad. Honestly, I am quite impressed that I came up with something that now costs $9 dollars at sweetgreen.
However, my version is so much better because I added a Mediterranean flair by using some of my favorite toppings from my favorite fast casual spot Cava Grill. (p.s. have you tried the Falafel, they are the best Falafel i have had in the US, of anyone from Cava Grill is reading this please send me your recipe!!)
Let me just mention, I have never pickled anything and I hate pickles, but I really like pickled onions. I just used the simplest pickled onion recipe I could find. The recipe said it only takes an hour, however I would suggest to wait a few more if you have them. I also attempted to marinate the cucumbers in the same way that Cava does with what I believe to be olive oil and lemon. I swear they just taste so much better this way.
Watermelon & Feta Salad
Watermelon & Feta are a match made in heaven but this salad takes it up a notch with a Mediterranean twist.
- 1/4 onion, sliced
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cucumber, diced
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 cups arugula
- 1 cup of watermelon, balled
- 1 oz feta, crumbled –
- Pickle the onions: Slice the onions as thin as you can and place them in a jar. Add the vinegar sugar, salt, and water to a small bowl. Mix well. Pour the mixture into the jar. Keep at room temperature at least an hour or place the jar in the fridge for up to a week.
- Make the cucumbers: Dice the cucumbers and put into a jar. Add the lemon juice and olive oil to a small bowl. Mix until combined. Pour half the mixture into the jar. Refrigerate the cucumbers for an hour or overnight.
- Use a melon baller to ball watermelon.
- Assemble the salad. Place arugula on a salad or bowl. Add the pickled onions, cucumbers, watermelon, and feta.
- Use the remaining lemon olive oil vinaigrette to dress the salad.
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