Melon and Feta Salad with Sourdough Croutons and Mint
My fondest summer memories involve eating a cool, refreshing slice of melon by the lake. There's nothing quite as satisfying as taking a big bite and having the juices drip down your face and hands. This recipe showcases how nicely sweet melon plays with savory ingredients like crunchy bread, punchy onions and tangy feta. Serve this salad on its own or as a side dish all summer long!
Put the bread pieces on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, arrange the melon in a flat layer on a large serving platter or 4 smaller plates. Season the melon with salt, pepper, the lemon zest and 1/2 of the lemon juice. Drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
Combine the vinegar and the remaining lemon juice in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and add the red onion and garlic. Toss together with a large spoon or clean hands and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes to soften and mellow.
Whisk 3 tablespoons of the olive oil into the onion mixture until homogenous and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Add the croutons and toss together until the bread is properly dressed but still crunchy. Sprinkle over the melon. Top with the feta, mint leaves, more black pepper and a good drizzle of the olive oil. Enjoy!
You can swap cantaloupe for other summer melon, like watermelon or honeydew.