This light and easy dish steadily grew into the menu detailed below: watermelon feta salad, watermelon mojitos, and watermelon-strawberry-goat cheese appetizers, paired with shrimp-red pepper skewers, garlic bread, and blueberry tarts with creamy vanilla cherry ice cream.
Now, a lil’ exclusive, behind the scenes info: when I initially conceived of hosting a dinner party, I only had ideas for watermelon two ways: salad and mojitos. But two dishes does not a theme, or a dinner party, make. My friend Stephanie laid down the gauntlet by Instagramming plans for watermelon three ways—the third way, secretly TBD. Fortunately, the recesses of Pinterest are deep and provided a wealth of potential recipes.
I bought two watermelons, which provided more than enough cubes for a party of roughly eight, and plenty to snack on post-party. Proportions below are based off using one watermelon for all three dishes, but adjust as you like.
Watermelon Feta Salad
- Half of one large watermelon cut into big cubes sans rind
- One cup sliced cucumber
- Two generous handfuls spinach
- One cup feta cheese (don’t be afraid to add a bit more!)
- Half of one lemon, juiced and zested
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- One large handful fresh basil and/or mint, chopped up
- Salt and pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in a big bowl, and toss together to mix. Keep chilled until it’s ready to serve.
- 1/4 of a watermelon
- Fresh mint leaves
- Sugar or simple syrup
- Lime and lemon juice
- One to two shots of rum per glass
- Club soda
Scoop out two very generous spoonfuls of watermelon per mojito, and muddle at the bottom of the glass; your scoops should get slushy and release some juice. Add a mint leaf or two per glass, gently crushing it to mix better. I added one and 1/2 teaspoons of sugar per glass, but this can be substituted with simple syrup.
Squeeze a little lime and lemon juice into each glass—just enough for a citrusy twist. Finally, add your rum, and fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Leftover watermelon— or any other lovely fruit, lime, or mint leaves—can be used for garnish. Let the drinks sit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving, so the flavours can really become infused.Watermelon Strawberry Goat Cheese Appies
Watermelon Strawberry Goat Cheese Appies
- 1/4 of a watermelon, cut into big cubes sans rind
- Strawberries, halved
- Goat cheese
- Toothpicks to hold it all together
Assembling the appetizers one-by-one, take a cube of watermelon, and pierce it with the toothpick. Stab a leaf of spinach onto the toothpick, followed by a helping of goat cheese, and finishing with a strawberry half. Continue until you have enough appetizers for your guests.
Even if you don’t attempt all three in a themed dinner party, these recipes make for a perfect picnic addition, a superb summertime cocktail, and a great little snack!