Salad doesn’t get much more festive looking than this – a delicious red and green salad made from seasonal fruit, fresh herbs and creamy cheese.
The combination of the sweet melon and the salty cheese, plus the sweet yet savoury flavours of the basil make for a killer combo that pairs well with grilled meats and seafood.
When you get a hold of great produce, you don’t need to do too much to it to make it taste fabulous.
And when you are trying to lose weight, that’s a good thing because it means you don’t need to add commercial dressings or too much oil for flavour.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this salad at your next outdoor BBQ – it’s sure to be a hit.
Feeling a bit retro? Dig out the old melon baller and serve the watermelon in cute little balls.

Optional extras and alternatives:
  • Mix it up with some rockmelon too
  • Add some crushed pistachios
  • Throw in some sliced black olives
  • Finely slice ½ a red onion to add to the mix
  • Use mint instead of basil
  • Sprinkle with peppery rocket
  • Swap the lemon for an orange
  • Add chunks of avocado for extra creaminess
  • 2kg seedless peeled watermelon, cut into chunks
  • 100g low fat feta
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper and salt, to taste
  • Arrange the melon chunks on a large platter.
  • Sprinkle with the crumbled feta and basil leaves.
  • Pour over the lemon juice, and then the oil.
  • Lightly season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves: 6 as a side. Calories per serve: 175.
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