WATERMELON PIZZA WITH FETA CHEESE

 

WATERMELON PIZZA WITH FETA CHEESE

 

I love watermelon!  The juicy, triangular wedges are, to me, synonomous with happy  memories of carefree, breezy days at summer camp complete with color war and cookouts. Watermelon today has a grown up side, served as margaritas and also adorning many restaurant menus as delicious salads.  But let’s take a moment and  think outside the glass and salad bowl. Next time when you’re choosing a watermelon, instead of reaching for the behemoth oblong shaped melon, select a round melon, then slice it into circles and treat each round as individual pizzas. Yup, watermelon “pizza.”  

We treasure pizza year round and hover like helicopters waiting for the first bite of the sweet pink fruit, and morphing of these two favorites into one fun idea seems delicious, and just right for a party – a pizza party.    

A pizza party includes pies with a variety of toppings, this party, features a table  of help-yourself toppings such as feta or goat cheese crumbles, slices of fresh mozzarella, pieces of tomato or strawberry, arugula or spinach leaves as well as ribbons of mint, basil or cilantro. The last topping, a simple drizzle of either a lime juice or balsamic vinegar glaze both combined with some honey and slowly heated to create a thicker consistency, thus the idea of a sauce.

This pizza may be a hand-held salad in disguise, but no matter how you slice it, I think you’ll like it.

Watermelon Pizza with Feta Cheese

This recipe is inspired by my friend, New York Times bestselling author Marlene Koch's Watermelon Feta "Pizza" Salad recipe from her amazing cookbook Eat What You Love Quick & Easy.

 Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 round watermelon sliced into ¾-to 1 ½-inch rounds

  • ¼ cup slivered red onion optional

  • 2 tbs. crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 tbs. fresh mint sliced into ribbons

“Sauces”

Balsamic Glaze

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tsp. honey

Lime Glaze

  • ¼ cup Lime Juice fresh

  • 1 tbs honey

Instructions

  1. Make either glaze, combine either the balsamic vinegar or lime juice with the honey in a small pot and simmer over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until thick and syrupy. Keep an eye on this as it simmers, it will reduce a bit and it can burn quickly.

Assembling the pizza

  1. Top each watermelon round with the cheese and onion slices, scattering evenly and drizzle desired glaze over the top. Cut each round into “pizza” slices.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Eat What You Love Quick & Easy Cookbook