August 10, 2010

Melon, Cucumber and Feta Salad

I dream of melon. But not any melon. Melon charentais. That is the most common melon variety you can find in France, and, in the summer, I usually eat a slice of melon as a starter every day. To my despair, I find it really hard to find this variety of melon where I’m living in the UK. I miss it.

Melon and Pineau des Charentes

Fortunately, during our holiday in France, I was able to eat a lot of melon. Several times a week, we went to the market and bought fresh fruits and vegetables. The melon merchant loved his melons so much that, he told me, he ate 2 whole melons on his own every day!

This simple salad is fresh and fruity, it tastes like summer.

Melon, Cucumber and Feta Salad – serves 4

• 1 melon Charentais • 1 cucumber, sliced • 150g feta, cut into cubes • The juice of 1 lemon • 3 tbsp olive oil • A bunch of mint, chopped • Salt, pepper

1. Make small balls with the melon flesh. 2. Prepare the seasoning in a salad bowl: mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the melon, cucumber, feta and mint. Mix well. Serve in individual bowls and decorate with a sprig of mint.

Salade au Melon, Concombre et Feta – pour 4 personnes

• 1 melon • 1 concombre, coupé en fines tranches • 150g de feta, coupée en cubes • Le jus d’un citron • 3cs d’huile d’olive • 1 petit bouquet de menthe, hachée • Sel et poivre

1. Faire des petites boules avec la chaire du melon. 2. Préparer l’assaisonnement dans un saladier : mélanger le jus de citron avec l’huile d’olive et du sel et du poivre. Ajouter le melon, le concombre, la feta et la menthe. Bien mélanger. Servir dans des bols individuels et décorer avec une feuille de menthe.

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