Watermelon Feta Salad with Honey-Candied Pistachios

This Watermelon Feta Salad is not just a pretty face. This beautiful salad has lightly dressed power mix of greens topped with diced ruby-red watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, red onion, honey-candied pistachios, fresh basil leaves and is drizzled with a balsamic glaze. This simple salad has it all; sweet, salt, peppery and delicious.

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Sadly summer is winding down. The air, at least in Michigan, has been a little chillier and the sun is setting earlier and earlier. Lately, my life has been revolving around Haileigh and Malloree’s back to school registrations, school shopping, hair and orthodontist appointments. What I really want to do is soak in the lingering summer and fresh produce for as long and as much as possible. I’m not saying that I’m dreading fall, if you know me you are well aware of how I love that time of year, but I’m just sad to see summer go. Until then, here’s one dreamy salad.

Watermelon in salad is probably my favorite thing. Similar to this salad, yet totally different at the same time– watermelon and feta together is a flavorful duo. I’ve been dreaming about throwing this combo together with candied pistachios, red onions, mixed greens tossed in my favorite champagne vinaigrette. Lastly drizzle the whole thing with a glossy reduced balsamic glaze and sprinkle with black pepper, red pepper flakes and basil leaves.

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This is ultimately summer in a bowl.

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Start by making the honey-candied pistachios by adding 2 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Heat on medium, whisking until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is bubbling. Adjust the heat accordingly so you don’t burn them.

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Add in a cup of pistachios, use a rubber spatula to stir and coat the pistachios. Turn the heat up to medium-high, continuously stirring until the pistachios are completely coated and the pistachios start to toast and are fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.

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Transfer the hot and sticky pistachios to a parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to cool. They will harden as they cool.

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The pistachios is pretty much the extent of the cooking. While the pistachios cool, dice up 2 to 3 cups of watermelon — I just bought a pretty cup slab in the produce section at my grocery store. Saves me so much time. Then slice a small red onion and whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette (recipe below). Crumble the feta, snip some basil leaves and gather the remaining few ingredients.

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The salad greens you can use in this salad are endless. Baby spinach, arugula, spring mix or a power mix of baby spinach, kale, mizuna, chard and kale. Really it doesn’t particularly matter. Just drizzle with a desired amount of the champagne vinaigrette (1 tablespoon champagne vinegar + 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper) and toss to combine.

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Divide the dressed greens among salad bowls and top with cubed watermelon, candied pistachios, sliced red onion and crumbled feta. I garnish it with freshly ground black pepper, chili flakes and fresh basil.

Lastly, but certainly not least-ly, I like to drizzle the watermelon feta salad with reduced balsamic vinegar– homemade or store bought, it’s up to you.. The balsamic glaze adds so much deliciously sweet and tangy deliciousness to this salad.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Watermelon Feta Salad recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Watermelon Feta Salad with Honey-Candied Pistachios

This watermelon feta salad has honey candied pistachios, fresh basil leaves, a simple dressing served on mixed greens and is drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

Yield: about 4 to 6 depending

Prep Time: 15 to 20 minutes (includes pistachios)

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: about 15 to 20 minutes

Ingredients:

HONEY CANDIED PISTACHIOS:

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 cups shelled roasted and salted pistachios

SIMPLE CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE:

1 tablespoon champagne vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

a pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE SALAD:

5 ounces mixed salad greens, baby spinach or baby arugula

2 to 3 cups diced watermelon

2 ounces crumbled feta cheese

red onion slices

basil leaves, for serving

red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)

balsamic glaze

Directions:

In a medium skillet, combine the sugar and honey. Heat on medium until the sugar dissolves. Add in the pistachios (add a small pinch of salt if your pistachios are unsalted) stir often and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, coating the pistachios evenly. Transfer the hot and sticky pistachios to parchment paper or a silicone baking mat to cool. They will harden as they cool.

Meanwhile, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together and pour desired amount over 5 ounces out salad greens.

Divide the dressed greens among salad bowls and topped with diced watermelon, red onions, crumbled feta, and honey-candied pistachios. Top with freshly ground black pepper, chili flakes, basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

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2 Responses to “Watermelon Feta Salad with Honey-Candied Pistachios”

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    Marina — September 3, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I’ve been wanting to try a watermelon feta salad for a while now. The pistachios look amazing and I love the idea of the balsamic glaze. This combo of flavors is intriguing. I think the only scary thing is the red onion. Is the onion an essential flavor in this salad?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 8th, 2017 @ 7:55 am

      Hi Marina! I personally love the sharpness of the onions in contrast to the watermelon and sweetness of the pistachios, but feel free to omit them if you don’t think you’ll like it. Enjoy!

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