Late summer and the delicious sweet South Carolina watermelons inspired this cool summer composed salad. Marinating the watermelon and cucumber in a tangy dressing for a short time, creates a ‘quick pickle’ effect which draws out and intensifies the flavors.
I paired with sweet, succulent Royal Red Shrimp harvested deep out in the Gulf by Veterans Seafood; shrimp which tastes a lot like lobster! I love using shrimp in dishes, however I am very wary of farmed shrimp treated with the preservative sodium bisulfite, not only does this leave an awful chemical taste, it is an allergen to many.
That’s why I love the mission of Veterans Seafood, harvesting the shrimp far out in clean waters and freezing it on-board with absolutely no preservatives. This delicious shrimp can be ordered online or found at local suppliers including The Peachstand in Fort Mill, SC
The saltiness of feta is the perfect foil for the sweetness of the watermelon, in this recipe the feta is elevated to a new level by whipping the feta with olive oil, creating a sublime light fluffy finish to the dish.
Trust me to mess with my own recipe! This cool late summer recipe is an update on my classic watermelon & feta recipe from last summer, created for a live cooking segment on the WCNC Charlotte Today Show. Plate as a composed salad for an upscale look perfect for entertaining, family style or individually.