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?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

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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