You knew that watermelon and feta went together, but what about the other melons? And what happens if you add basil to the mix?
Melon and Basil
I think by now we all know that feta and watermelon are insane together. It’s actually true that all the melons taste good with feta though, which is why this salad also has cantaloupe and honeydew melon. It’s so colorful and you get slightly different flavors with each mouthful.
To Chop or Tear Basil?
Topping off this salad is some nice fresh basil. Basil and sweet fruit like melon are great together. And basil and feta? I mean, come on!
A quick basil tip: The basil is not chopped in this recipe but is instead torn using your fingers. Why? Unless you knife is super-sharp (as it should be but, if you’re like me, rarely is) chopping the basil will bruise it. Bruised basil gets brown at the edges and does not look nice on a salad. When you instead tear basil, it rips cleanly and does not get the bruised appearance. You also get nice big pieces, which is great in a salad like this.Print
- 1 cup chopped cantaloupe
- 1 cup chopped honeydew
- 1 cup chopped watermelon
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 4 large leaves basil, torn
- 2 tsp. feta, crumbled
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- In bowl, place the chopped melon. Toss in lemon juice.
- Sprinkle with basil and feta. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
This post originally appeared in June 2016 and was revised and republished in May 2021.