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Watermelon feta salad with peaches, basil, and tomato

Chef, Lenny Redé
Wine Pairings:   Sauvignon Blanc

This watermelon feta salad combines fruity, sweet, and salty flavors you can enjoy with many California white wines

 

Savvy match : Summer is a time to relax, and this quick dish is one of our easy appetizers to pair with wine. Try a Sauvignon Blanc with its refreshing acidity and herbal notes to balance the feta and complement its pronounced saltiness.

This watermelon feta salad has become one of my most requested salads for a summer party. Simple, light, fresh, and delicious. Pair this with a light fresh California white wine — but also consider a rosé; it’s just about perfect. The fruity watermelon flavors of Rosé echo nicely and are balanced by the touch of feta and herbal fresh basil. 

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into 2” wedges 
  • 2 cups heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges 
  • 2 cups ripe peaches or nectarines, cut into wedges
  • ½ sweet red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil washed, leaves separated and left whole
  • 8 ounces of feta cheese, crumbled 
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Steps

1.

Combine watermelon, peaches, tomatoes, and onion on a large platter or serving bowl.

2.

Sprinkle with red onion, basil leaves and feta.

3.

Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic.

4.

Season with sea salt and pepper.

5.

Serve family style.

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About Chef, Lenny Redé

Restaurateur, Chef, Wine Steward, and Educator

Leonard Redé brings a unique blend of culinary and wine expertise to everything he does. An award-winning Pastry Chef, his desserts have graced the tables of Presidential State Dinners for Bill Clinton, he has presented High Tea to the late Princess Diana and created gilded birthday cakes for the Sultan of Brunei. He was nominated for educator of the year when he was a Chef Instructor at the world renowned Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. He loves to share his passion for all things gastronomic and he’ll gladly help you navigate the world of wine and is always quick with a wine pairing or recipe.