Watermelon and Feta Salad with Jalapeno Lime Syrup is a delicious and refreshing salad for summer. Quick and easy to pull together, this salad is the perfect addition to your next cookout or picnic.
I love salads during summertime, especially salads like this one. The watermelon is so refreshing and the sweet-salty combination is a win! This salad makes a great side dish, especially when the weather is hot. This is an ideal salad to serve at a cookout or to bring to a picnic.
Watermelon and Feta Salad
I love the flavors in this salad. The watermelon is sweet and refreshing. The feta cheese adds a salty bite. But, it’s the jalapeno lime syrup that is the perfect finishing touch to this salad. The lime provides tang and the jalapeno adds warmth.
Jalapeno Lime Syrup
Simple syrup is a mixture of equal parts of sugar and water that is heated to dissolve the sugar. The syrup can be infused with herbs, citrus, or spices. These flavored syrups are used to add flavor and sweetness to many different recipes. Drizzle over fruit salads, like this one, or add to homemade lemonade. Add to cocktails or pour over a pound cake to infuse extra flavor.
After combining the sugar and water in a saucepan, add the limes and jalapenos to steep in the warm syrup. I removed the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno to control the spice level. The flavor of the jalapeno comes through, but without the heat. For those who like it spicy, you can leave the seeds in the jalapeno.
This jalapeno lime syrup recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of syrup. Only a small amount is needed for the watermelon and feta salad. Refrigerate the extra syrup to add to other fruit salads or drinks.
This recipe is sure to be a hit at your next cookout. If you make this salad, please leave a comment below and tag me on Instagram @mycasualpantry so I can see your creation.
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A refreshing salad of watermelon and feta with a hint of jalapeno and lime. The perfect summer salad.
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed
- 1 1/2 limes
- 1/4 watermelon, seedless
- 3 ounces feta cheese
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1/2 lime, zested
- 2-3 tablespoons jalapeno lime syrup, plus extra if desired
To a small saucepan, add the sugar, water, jalapeno, and the juice of 1 1/2 limes. After juicing the limes, add the limes to the saucepan. Warm over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved, approx. 3-5 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes while the limes and the jalapeno steeps in the syrup. Strain the syrup into a jar. Chill for 20 minutes. Keep leftovers refrigerated.
Slice the watermelon crosswise into half-inch slices. Arrange on a platter. Crumble the feta cheese over the top of the watermelon. Arrange the lime slices over the top. Drizzle with the syrup. Garnish with lime zest.
Reserve remaining syrup to serve over fruit or to add to drinks or cocktails.