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Watermelon Feta Salad Recipe with Grilled Flank Steak

A delicious refreshing watermelon feta salad served with cucumbers, pickled onions, balsamic vinaigrette and sliced grilled flank steak for the perfect back yard get together recipe.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 803kcal
Author Chef Billy Parisi

Ingredients

For the Pickled Onions:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 peeled thinly sliced red onion

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 small diced shallot
  • 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon grainy or Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 cups of packed Spring Mix lettuce or desired lettuce blends
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 sliced cucumber
  • ½ small peeled and thickly sliced watermelon
  • 2 thinly sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup of Feta cheese
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Onions: In a bowl combine together water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Next, submerge the sliced onions in the mixture and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Vinaigrette: Combine shallots, vinegar, lime juice, honey, mustard and basil in a large bowl and slowly whisk in olive oil until completely combined. Finish by whisking in salt and pepper, and set aside.
  • Steak: Preheat the grill to high heat, in between 450° and 550°.
  • Coat the steak on all sides with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook on a hot grill (450° to 550°) for 3 to 4 minutes on each side to reach a medium-rare internal temperature. Once cooked, remove from the heat and rest on a cutting board for 2 to 3 minutes before slicing.
  • Salad: In a large bowl or platter combine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, Feta cheese, radishes and green onions. Place on steak slices and serve alongside dressing.

Notes

CHEF NOTES:
The ripest most flavorful watermelon is round, has some yellow sun spots and brown webbing.
• The most flavorful feta cheese is made from goats’ milk and hands down my favorite feta is Bulgarian, if you can find it!
You can grill the watermelon if you’d like before adding it to this salad. NOTE: I did :-).
You can absolutely add or takeaway ingredients from this watermelon feta salad list to your liking.
Add 2 minutes per side of grilling to the steak to achieve a medium internal temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 803kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 1490mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 4627IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 5mg