Naturally Gluten-Free Watermelon Salad with Lime, Fresh Mint & Feta

by | July 4, 2018 | Food | 0 comments

So far, this summer is marked by two things for me: One, it’s been relentlessly hot here in my beloved South, and two, it is the first summer in four that I can eat watermelon.

Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is a fickle issue. It renders foods we think of as healthy, like watermelon, off-limits at times. Every year I try to see if I can eat it by touching a cube of ripe red melon to my tongue. For the past several years, that has caused the stinging, prickly feeling that certain foods elicit for those who suffer with OAS. But this year, just a few weeks ago, the tongue touch test caused no issues. So, I ate a cube. Then another. Before I knew it, I had enjoyed over a cup of sweet melon standing over the kitchen sink.

Since that day, I’ve lost count of the number of seedless melons I’ve bought, but no one at my house is complaining. I love to see everyone turning to nutritious, hydrating foods like watermelon as a treat when the temps are hovering in the 90s most days.

You can bet I’m incorporating watermelon into as many dishes as possible, too! I mean, it’s been four years! That’s a lot of catching up to do. This Naturally Gluten-Free Watermelon Salad with Lime, Fresh Mint & Feta is one of our favorites lately. I serve it as a side dish with veggie burgers for Meatless Monday, as an after-dinner treat, or even an appetizer with cocktails. Versatile, delicious and no cooking – what could be better?!

Speaking of Meatless Monday, there’s another great watermelon salad recipe in the Meatless Monday Summertime Dishes roundup, so be sure to check it out. Most of those recipes are gluten-free, and for the few that are not, they are easily transformed to gluten-free by subbing gluten-free soy sauce, omitting miso or using a great gluten-free flour blend for regular flour.

If you’re feeling crafty, get inspired by these watermelon carving ideas. There’s a watermelon keg in my future.

But for now, it’s hot and I’m eating all the chilled melon to keep cool and hydrated, most recently, in the form of this naturally gluten-free Watermelon Salad with Lime, Fresh Mint & Feta.

 

Naturally Gluten-Free Watermelon Salad with Lime, Fresh Mint & Feta

 

Here are a few tips for making and storing it:

  • The salad (without feta added) keeps well up to two days.
  • Do not add feta until you’re ready to serve.
  • For added sweetness, whisk 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey or pure maple syrup into the lime juice before drizzling it over the melon.
  • For a spicier salad, add up to 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper to the lime juice before drizzling over the melon.
  • If you’re dairy-free like me, omit the feta and add a pinch or two of sea salt to the salad. It’s still so refreshing!

 

Naturally Gluten-Free Watermelon Salad with Lime, Fresh Mint & Feta

 

Ingredients

4 cups cubed watermelon

Juice from 1 lime

½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

1 – Place watermelon cubes in a large serving bowl.

2 – Drizzle lime juice over and add mint. Toss gently to coat melon cubes. Cover and chill at least one hour, but up to overnight.

3 – Toss melon with feta just before serving.

 

Serves 6 – 8.

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