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Watermelon and Feta Salad with Thai Basil

A few years ago I tasted an appetizer of watermelon with salty cheese and peppery arugula. The chef had cut 2-inch cubes of watermelon and scooped a 1-inch deep hole out of the top. He filled the hole with vinaigrette-dressed baby arugula and sprinkled goat cheese on top. Memory of that clever unusual appetizer inspires this watermelon and feta salad with Thai basil.

Watermelon and Feta Salad with Thai Basil

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Recently I saw a recipe for watermelon and feta salad with jalapeño slivers and marjoram leaves. Mint is the usual herb in watermelon salads, whether sweet or savory. Remembering that marjoram and basil are part of the mint family, why not Thai basil instead, particularly because it came in our CSA farm share box this week! Thai basil has a stronger anise note than the more familiar Italian sweet basil.

Thai basil for watermelon and feta salad with Thai basil

My family ate their watermelon straight—no salt. As a teenager I learned that some families sprinkle salt and even pepper on watermelon and even on their tomatoes! And now it’s quite normal to find watermelon with salty feta cheese and fresh herbs.

Watermelon and Feta Salad with Thai Basil

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