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Minted Watermelon Salad


In this refreshing summer salad, aromatic mint ties together the sweetness of watermelon and the savory notes from ricotta salata.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2008


  • 1 small (2 1/2 pounds) seedless red watermelon
  • 1 small (2 1/2 pounds) seedless yellow watermelon
  • 2 ounces ricotta salata
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, preferably Maldon
  • 3 tablespoons sliced fresh mint


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut off rinds from watermelons. (You should have a total of 2 pounds peeled fruit.) Quarter each melon, and then cut into 3-inch-long, 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices on a serving platter.

  2. Using a vegetable peeler, shave paper-thin slices of ricotta salata over watermelon. Sprinkle with salt and mint, and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

This salad looks beautiful when made with both red and yellow watermelon, but is just as lovely when only one color is used. Ricotta salata, a salted, dry Italian sheep's milk cheese available at cheese counters and specialty-food stores, is ideal here, but feta may be substituted.

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