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Watermelon & prawn salad with feta

Bored of traditional lettuce and rocket? Looking for some unusual and fresh summer salad recipes? Let me tell you about my latest inspiration.

Last Tuesday my sister and I left the house for a day of inspiration as we like to call it. It involves a lot of walking, gallery browsing and food. So, we started our stroll in London quite early in the morning, which is very rare for us and headed to Somerset House for the Pick Me Up Festival. To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of those kinds of festivals – you know those with a bit of art-school vibe – but this one having the backing of Somerset House kept a more mature creative profile. With graphic artists, design galleries and publishers basically recreating their workshop’s environment by hosting workshops and activities for the visitors, the Embankment Galleries turned into an endless fun field.

With the weather brightening up after that long winter, the Spllit Watermelon by Mark Ward made my heart skip a beat. Not only it put me in the mood for blue skies and sandy beaches but it turned back time to a childhood summer memory when I was scoffing careless into a water melon slice…. the smell, the cooling taste, the sensation. I have a photo wearing a vivid red bathing suit with the water melon juices dripping down my sticky hands to remind me forever that innocence exists.

Split watermelon by Mark Ward

Part Greek heritage, part childhood memories here it is: the most unexpected summer watermelon salad recipe with prawns and feta! Easy, refreshing and believe me although at first, these ingredients don’t strike you as the perfect match you will love the tangy and sweet combination… Just genius!

Your shopping list

for 4 people

12 prawns (tiger or king, it’s up to you)

2 slices of watermelon

100g feta cheese

To marinade the prawns:

4tbsp virgin olive oil

Juice from one orange

Juice from one lime

1/2 tablespoon grated ginger

1/2 tablespoon grated garlic

Mix the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and add the prawns. Leave them in the fridge for at least an hour (the more the better). Skewer the prawns and grill them for about 10 minutes. In the meantime cut the watermelon in cubes and crumble the feta on top. Once you place the hot prawns on top the cheese will melt, adding to the texture.

  1. Hulietta

    April 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This looks and virtually smells amazing… I’m going to make it for the starter for my friends bday dinner tomorrow, he will love it i’m sure! stay posted for what i’m sure will be “oh my gods this was amazing… make it or be DAMED!” type comment. Thanks Vass!

  2. Monica McGuiness

    July 2, 2013 at 1:33 am

    I just love your photography in this recipe. I am always looking for shrimp recipes. Thanks for this.

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