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Watermelon Feta Watercress Salad with Gochugaru Viniagrette

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Every summer, we seem to gravitate to one dish, a lot.  This year, the winner was any form of a watermelon salad. Mainly because it pairs so well with BBQ’ed meats and fish.  And any dish that is both sweet, salty and spicy always has my vote.  And,  I am the one cooking, we eat what I want (well most of the time).

This version has cucumber, watercress and red onion.  In the past I have added a thinly sliced jalapeno to the vinaigrette, for just a bit of heat, today I added a heaping spoonful of gochugaru (Korean red chili flakes) to the vinaigrette instead, which gives it a nice kick of heat with a hint of sweetness.  I certainly have plenty,  a while ago I purchased a 16 0z bag online, perhaps I was having spacial difficulties that day because 16 0z is a heck of a lot of gochugaru honey.

Now, what to do with the remaining 15 1/2 ounces…….

Watermelon Feta Watercress Salad

Watermelon Feta Watercress Salad with Gochugaru Viniagrette


  • 1 small seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups watercress
  • 8 oz (1 1/2 cups) cubed feta
  • 1-2 Tbs gochugaru flakes (optional) could also use 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


  • Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients.
  • Add watermelon, red onion watercress feta to large salad bowl, drizzle with vinaigrette, toss well then sprinkle with gochugaru.
  • Place on platter to serve (looks pretty)

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