Karpouzi me Feta Salata: A Greek Watermelon and Feta Salad Recipe

 Summer is a time for relaxation, fun in the sun, and delicious food. And one of the most refreshing and delicious summer dishes you can enjoy is karpouzi me feta. Karpouzi me feta is a popular Greek summer dish that consists of watermelon (karpouzi in Greek) and feta cheese. The dish is made by cubing the watermelon and adding crumbled feta cheese on top. It is often served as a refreshing and light snack or appetizer during the hot summer months in Greece.

The combination of sweet watermelon and salty feta cheese creates a delicious flavor contrast that many people find appealing. Some variations of the dish may also include other ingredients such as mint, olive oil, or balsamic vinegar to enhance the flavor further. This Greek dish is perfect for hot days when you want something light yet satisfying.

Karpouzi with feta is a traditional Greek dish that has been around for centuries. Watermelon, or karpouzi in Greek, has been cultivated in Greece for thousands of years and is considered a symbol of summer and abundance. Feta cheese, on the other hand, is a staple in the Greek diet and has been enjoyed in Greece since ancient times.

The combination of watermelon and feta cheese is believed to have originated in Greece, where the two ingredients were often eaten together as a refreshing snack or appetizer. The dish has since become popular throughout the Mediterranean region and beyond and is now enjoyed by people all over the world.

In Greece, karpouzi with feta is a common sight during the summer months, when watermelons are in season. It is often served at picnics, outdoor gatherings, and tavernas (traditional Greek restaurants), and is a popular choice among locals and tourists alike.

Karpouzi with feta is not only delicious, but it also has a number of health benefits. First of all, it keeps you hydrated. Watermelon is over 90% water, which makes it an excellent way to stay hydrated during hot summer days. Moreover, it is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and magnesium. Feta cheese is a good source of protein and calcium. Finally, this dish is low in calories. Both watermelon and feta cheese are relatively low in calories, making karpouzi with feta a great choice for those watching their weight.

While the classic karpouzi with feta dish consists of watermelon and feta cheese, there are many different variations that you can try. For instance, adding fresh mint leaves to the dish can add a refreshing and cooling flavor to the dish, making it even more perfect for hot summer days. Moreover, drizzling a bit of balsamic vinegar over the karpouzi with feta can add a tangy sweetness that complements the flavors of the watermelon and feta. Adding some chopped Kalamata olives to the dish can add a salty flavor that pairs well with the sweet watermelon and tangy feta cheese. Finally, sliced red onions can add a bit of crunch and a slightly sweet flavor to the dish.

Watermelon and feta salad requires no cooking skills and. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare and serves 4 people.

Greek Watermelon and Feta Salad - Ingredients

  • 500 g of watermelon, seeded and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 200 g of Greek feta, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of mint, finely chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons olives, pitted, rinsed, and roughly chopped

For the dressing

  • 4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of lime
  • Salt 
  • Black pepper

Greek Watermelon and Feta Salad - How to Make

  1. Cut the watermelon into 2 cm cubes and put them in a bowl.
  2. Cut the feta into small cubes and add them to the bowl. 
  3. Add the red onion, parsley, mint, and olive oils, and stir by shaking the bowl so that the watermelon does not melt.
  4. In a small bowl combine the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.
  5. Serve.  
I find eating karpouzi with feta with warm pita bread for a filling and satisfying meal. I use the pita bread to scoop up the watermelon and feta cheese for a fun and interactive eating experience. This is a versatile dish that can be served with a variety of different foods. Whether you serve it as part of a larger meal or on its own as a snack, it is sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it.  Enjoy!