watermelon with feta cheese. this unusual combination was entirely new to me when i came to israel 7 years ago. as most other fruits and vegetables in israel, watermelon is a seasonal thing. it is a summer thing. in fact watermelon is summer around here.
the beach cafes and restaurants will usually serve it in slices with feta cheese on the side. and that's how i tasted it first. that is, after i had debated with d for a while that it was the most bizarre combination. i mean, fresh and sweet watermelon with salty and creamy feta...?! anyway, i could have saved my energy and just tasted the darn thing. then i would have known from the beginning, that it is such a perfect combination. and that it actually makes absolutely sense.
i googled it before posting and i think it's safe to say that it's not really a secret. in fact there are plenty of recipes out there with watermelon and feta as main ingredients. but for me it was absolutely new. and i have noticed that that is the case for many foreigners visiting israel, so maybe i will actually surprise a few of you out there.
but - tadaaa - i have my own version of this salad: cut both feta and watermelon into cubes, add roasted pine nuts and some fresh mint leaves and you have a totally yummy, fresh summer salad that takes you pretty much 5 minutes to make. (and it even looks really good, right?)