Summer and watermelon are one of those perfect combinations. The warm air along with a crisp and cool bite of sweet watermelon is the ultimate in refreshment. It just screams SUMMER. Since we are in the midst of summer, I thought that I needed to create a Friday Night Bite to celebrate the season.
A natural pairing with watermelon is feta cheese. The briny undertones and the creamy but dry texture will marry well with a bite of sweet watermelon. I thought it would need a bit more flavor to give it the pizzazz it needed – jalapeno and lime would be a natural match. This was the ticket to making this appetizer incredibly tasty.
Last Friday night, it was a rather warm evening and hubby and I sat outside with a glass of wine and these watermelon bites. Hubby doesn’t lean towards watermelon – not that he doesn’t like it – it is just not a go to fruit for him. Of course, I asked him what he thought of it after he tried it and he said that is pretty darn tasty.
I would recommend putting the vinaigrette on right before you are going to serve so the acid in the lime doesn’t break down the watermelon. It is also a good idea to have every component chilled and then assemble for the perfect bite. I would suggest serving this with a great French Rose or French Champagne.
Watermelon Bites with Jalapeno Lime Vinaigrette
32 One inch cubes of watermelon
16 rounds of ¾ Inch Feta Rounds (4 oz. Block of Feta)
Jalapeno Lime Vinaigrette
¼ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
Zest of One Lime
1 to 2 Tablespoons Minced Jalapeno (Seeds removed)
1 Tablespoon Honey
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper
Add all ingredients to a small mason jar and shake well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Slice the feta ¼ inch thick slices and use a 3/4th to one inch round cutter to make your feta circles. Cut the watermelon into 32 one inch cubes OR purchase pre-cut watermelon.
On a platter, stack 2 cubes of watermelon and place a circle of the feta on each one. Secure with a toothpick in the middle of each one. Drizzle the vinaigrette over each one and serve.