Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring is Springing with Recipe for Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula Salad (Δροσερή Σαλάτα με Καρπούζι, Ρόκα και Φέτα)

I wore boots and a wool coat for my Friday shopping. After the first stop, I dumped my coat in the car and basked in being able to walk around unencumbered. I saw women in sleeveless tops and men in shorts. It may be cold according to the thermometer, but Alaskans respond to the first sunny spring weather with outbursts of irrational exuberance.

The grocery store’s produce aisle was stacked high with reasonably priced melons, reflecting South America’s seasonal bounty. I couldn’t resist a cut of juicy red watermelon, and decided to make a Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula Salad and pretend the snow was long gone.

The salad is one of my favorite dishes at Kuzina, a restaurant near the Ancient Agora archeological site in downtown Athens. Kuzina has an interesting menu, a very competent chef, and specializes in creative Greek cuisine.

Watermelon, Feta, and Arugula Salad (Δροσερή Σαλάτα με Καρπούζι, Ρόκα και Φέτα)
Adapted from Kuzina Restaurant, Adrianou 9 (Thissio), Athens, Greece

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Peter M said...

The graffiti in Greece is a scourge but you did capture some cool drawings.

On to the salad, surely this was's huge, dramatic and I love the presentation.

Lucy said...

Laurie, I'm very envious of you finding beautiful wild food!

The graffiti art is really something. Can't take my eyes off that third image.

Stunning salad. Very dramatic!

Anonymous said...

Whilst I enjoy exploring the streets of Athens, there are certain elements about the place that are better left forgotten (particularly cab drivers!). A wonderful refreshing salad Laurie, stacked mighty high.

Susan said...

I'm in awe of that salad - like a modern sculpture of some of my favorite ingredients. Bliss.

Thank you, Laurie, for sharing your Greek adventures for WHB!

Sam Sotiropoulos said...

Fantastic Laurie! Thanks for sharing this unique salad with us. And I have to agree with Lucy, that third pic of the graffiti is quite interesting indeed!

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Suganya said...

That food is a piece of art. Simple ingredients, brilliant flavor.

Laurie Constantino said...

Peter, generally speaking, I agree with you - Greece has a significant graffiti problem. On the other hand, the variety and complexity of the drawings was pretty amazing. As for the salad, we ordered individually and should've ordered famiy style!

Lucy, you too, can gather wild food. It's all around, even in cities...

Peter G, I hate those cab drivers, and am so happy about the postive changes in public transportation over the last five years. I prefer taking the metro for getting in and out of town.

Susan, that's really good description - wish I would've thought of it!

Sam, I'm so glad you like it. I'd love to hear your interpretation of that third graffiti picture.

Lulu, thanks!

Suganya, you've described it perfectly.

Cheryl said...

What beautiful pictures! I love the graffiti. The salad is inspiring and something I'll have to make. Love balsamic vinegar!

Maria Verivaki said...

we eat half of this salad - no aragula or balsamic!

test it comm said...

Feta and watermelon is such a great combo. I will have to try adding the balsamic vinegar next time.

Joanne said...

oh boy! Cheese (salty kaseri) and watermelon = love!! Much better than grapes and cheddar cheese, in my opinion. I also enjoy feta and fig preserves on crostini - yum!!
My husband and I did the same thing last September while strolling the streets of Athens - we took photos of graffiti on the sides of buildings! I have a love/hate relationship to graffiti; sometimes I really find it creative and entertaining and other times it just adds to the filth of the neighbourhood.

Y said...

I love watermelon and feta salad, but I've never seen it presented this way before. They almost look like sandwiches! And that graffiti by the way, is fantastic. Thanks for sharing :)

Núria said...

Wow Laurie, thanks for the walk through the Athens streets! I like this grafittis drawings too!

Your salad is MAGNIFICA, eventhough I don't like cheese, the mixture of colours and flavours make it so special, truly amazing :D

winedeb said...

I am trying to think how the balsamic dressing will taste with the watermellon - ummmmm, great! The feta will put it over the edge!
Great photos of the drawings!

Kalyn Denny said...

Gorgeous salad, and it sounds fantastic!

Laurie Constantino said...

Cheryl, you should make this because it is so easy and looks amazing! I agree, balsamic vinegar is wonderful.

Maria V, I've eaten watermelon and feta for years and loved it, but the arugula and balsamic add something special. You should try it - who knows what you can get away with until you try!

Kevin, I hope you like it.

Bijoux, cheese and melon is such a good combination and definitely - love. I've never had feta with fig preserves on crostini, but I'm really wantinig some right this minute. It's definitely going on my list to try. I'd love to see your graffiti pictures, and share your love/hate relationship. The pics would be a great blog post for you - what could be a more simple pleasure than street art.

Y, thanks for visiting and I'm so glad you liked the art!

Nuria, my father doesn't like cheese either, and I thought the was the only one until I read your post. I'm the opposite - I have to stop myself from eating too much cheese. If you ever decide to give cheese a second chance, this salad would be a great place to start!

Winedeb, you'll just have to try it to find out...

Kalyn, thank you!