Watermelon, Feta & Basil Salad with Cherry-Balsamic Reduction

by Jennifer on September 1, 2011

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Whoa, that title sounds all hoitie-toitie eh? Don’t be thinkin’ I am going all high-falutin’ on you.

My daughter wanted to have some friends over for a tea so we needed to devise some ‘fancy’ foods.

Since my daughter loves feta, herbs, balsamic and cherries, I thought I would toss some fruit into the mix.

Watermelon, Feta & Basil Salad with Cherry-Balsamic Reduction (serves 4)
Ingredients for the Watermelon, Feta & Basil Salad
4 cups chopped watermelon
1/2 cup (or more) crumbled feta
Fresh basil, chopped
Cherry-balsamic reduction to taste

Ingredients for the Cherry-Balsamic Reduction
1 cup quality balsamic vinegar
10 large cherries, pitted and chopped

Directions:
1. Pour the vinegar and cherries into a non-reactive saucepan and heat over medium to medium high heat.

2. Once at a simmer, turn heat down to medium-low to maintain simmer and use a potato masher to gently mash the cherries. Continue to cook until the vinegar reduces to about a 1/3 of its’ original volume. Mash and mix every few minutes. This process took about 20 minutes.

3. Combine the watermelon, feta and basil in a bowl and top with cooled reduction.

In pretty little shapes for the girls….

Are you excited for the fall season or hoping to hold on to summer?

Georgia Pellegrini September 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

This is such a magical combination of ingredients!

Feast on the Cheap September 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

LOVE this! Sounds heavenly

nycsinglemom September 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

That sounds heavenly

Lisa~~ September 3, 2011 at 12:10 am

I’ve done watermelon, mint, chevre & balsamic and this variation sounds wonderful too, I’ll have to find some cherry balsamic and give it a try.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Love this combination!

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