Watermelon, Feta, and Pickled Grapes Recipe

Watermelon, Feta, and Pickled Grapes Recipe
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Watermelon, Feta and Pickled Grapes
Watermelon, Feta and Pickled Grapes

This dish is the perfect accompaniment to summer BBQ’s or a poolside snack as created by chef Mark Goldberg.

Ingredients

For the pickled grapes:

  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander
  • 1 each star anise
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes

For the salad:

  • 2 cups cut watermelon, sticks or dice, yellow or red watermelon, or a mix
  • 1 cup feta, a nice creamy French feta works well
  • ½ head fennel shaved thin
  • Pickled grapes
  • Picked herbs, like parsley, chervil, tarragon, chives, or any combination
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh black pepper

Directions

For the pickled grapes:

Bring everything but the grapes to a boil in a nonreactive pot. Pour the hot liquid over grapes. Cool at room temperature and then refrigerate. It's best after 8-10 hours and will hold for up to a week.

For the salad:

Gently mix watermelon, feta, fennel, grapes and herbs with a couple spoonfuls of the grape pickle liquid and a few tablespoons of olive oil. Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper. 

Watermelon Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Watermelon Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.