Growing up, my mom would always eat bread and cheese for breakfast (noon & paneer in Farsi). The bread was usually lavash for those familiar and the cheese was a type of feta. This is a pretty common breakfast for Persians and it’s actually pretty tasty. Because of this, we would always have feta cheese on hand, and sometimes we would even eat it at dinner with watermelon, cucumbers (Persian ones of course!), and mint. Quite refreshing.
Combining these ingredients (while leaving out the bread) can also make a flavorful summer salad. All the ingredients – watermelon, cucumber, mint, and lime – are so refreshing. Well, except for the feta which adds some richness to the salad… and protein of course (that’s the excuse I always use with cheese).
I only use fresh ingredients for this salad, including limes (skip the pre-packed lime juice!) and the feta cheese. I recommend skipping that manufactured, pre-packed, who knows where it came from feta cheese. Instead, I use French feta that is packed in water and easy crumbles as you cut it. It gives a creamy consistency that actually allows you to skip a dressing entirely. Simply drizzle some lime after mixing all the ingredients and that’s all this salad really needs. Oh, and feel free to adapt the ratios of each ingredient to taste. This recipe is so healthy that you don’t have too much to worry about when it comes to portion control (yay!) Except for the cheese of course (boo!)
2 cups chopped watermelon
2 Persian cucumbers
2 tablespoon feta cheese (the good stuff)
handful of FRESH mint
salt, pepper to taste
1. Cut the watermelon in small cubes and slice the cucumbers.
2. Place the watermelon and cucumber in a bowl and shred the mint on top with your hands.
3. Slice the feta and crumble over the salad.
4. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl, squeeze lime to taste, and add salt and pepper.