One of my very dearest friends is from Turkey and toured a group of 10 of us around his homeland 2 summers ago. There were many things about Turkey that amazed me: the gorgeous blue waters, the amazingly warm and hospitable people and of course the food. Oh, the food…
A tradition that we encountered over there was that nearly every meal ends with a piece of fruit and cheese. Since we were there in the summer that was mainly watermelon (aka karpuz) and I just fell in love with the combination of the hard salty feta and the sweet juicy watermelon. Every time I revisit watermelon and feta I am taken right back to sitting on the beaches of Erdek…
So I took this lovely combination and added a bit of spicy arugula, topped with mint and drizzled with a little lemon vinaigrette. The result is a lovely and simple light salad that boasts the flavors of a delicious Turkish tradition.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cups arugula
- 2-3 cups watermelon, cubed
- 1 cup feta, cubed or crumbled
- ¼ cup mint, thinly sliced
- Whisk together lemon and olive oil. Add more of either to get to your desired texture.
- Place arugula in a bowl.
- Top with watermelon, feta and mint.
- Drizzle with vinaigrette and enjoy!