Watermelon, Feta and Bulgur Salad

Watermelon fetaPosted by Lynda Balslev

Watermelon is a staple in the heat of summer. Juicy, refreshing, nourishing and thirst quenching, it satisfies on many levels without filling you up. It’s served for breakfast in the Mediterranean climates and is a great addition to salads. It’s mellow sweetness is perfectly complemented by salty feta. This salad is a mini-meal with the addition of bulgur, and a perfect lunch stop on a hot summer day. It’s also a great addition to a barbecue.

Watermelon, Feta and Bulgur Salad
This recipe provides for a large salad. Feel free to halve the bulgur and use the extra ingredients to your taste. Serves 4

1 cup bulgur
Salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 small seedless watermelon, peeled, cut into 3/4 inch cubes, about 3 cups
2 handfuls sugar snap peas, stemmed, halved
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
4 ounces feta, crumbled
1/4 cup Italian parsley leaves
Freshly ground black pepper

Place the bulgur in a bowl. Add 2 cups boiling water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and let stand until bulgur is tender, about 20 minutes. Drain any excess water and fluff with a fork.
Whisk the oil, lemon juice, cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the dressing to the bulgur and stir to combine. Taste and add a little more dressing if desired (the rest will be drizzled over the salad).
Transfer the bulgur to a serving platter. Scatter the watermelon, snap peas and red onion over the bulgur. Top with the feta and parsley. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper.

12 responses to “Watermelon, Feta and Bulgur Salad

  1. Really appetizing and deliciously summery!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. There is nothing better than eating a juicy watermelon on a hot day. Your salad looks delicious .

  3. I have some whole what couscous that should work here – welcome home!

  4. I love bulgur! The salad looks great!!

  5. Wow! I must make this ASAP.

  6. So fresh and beautiful on the plate!

  7. Such a delectable recipe! A scrumptious summer lunch and perfectly packable for a picnic at the beach!

  8. Watermelon salads are perfect for summer! And I love the addition of the bulgar.

  9. This is a pretty crazy combination, or maybe I’m just a too old fashioned (still beginner) cook? I’m learning how to be more open and creative in cooking and this is also the reason why am I searching for inspiration here (or to be more exact, because my teacher Karen from the Viva Tastings gave me such a homework :)). I really love watermelon so hopefully I will like this new taste as well…