Saturday, March 17, 2012

Watermelon Bites with Basil Oil, Feta & Mint

The simplest things in life are often the best things in life. If we just slow down and “smell the roses” - we realize that there is purpose to the hustle and bustle of life YET the simple times are often the most rewarding. I work long, long days and it is completely rewarding, however when my Friday evening rolls around, that is a very happy time indeed.

Friday means that the work week ended and the two glorious weekend days named Saturday and Sunday are finally here. However before those two days occur, our Friday night tradition kicks in and it is all about wine and appetizers. Sometimes just hubby and I and other times, we celebrate with friends. This tradition rather morphed over the years until we realized that this was our special tradition and something that we both look forward to and cherish.

It often involves a great bottle of wine from our cellar and numerous types of cheeses that I pick up from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Sometimes homemade appetizers and other times frozen delights from a host of sources. It is a chance to unwind, put our feet up, enjoy each others company or catch up with various friends and simply kick start the ever precious weekend.

Thought I would share with all of you a simple yet tasty appetizer that is both refreshing and satisfying and versatile enough to blend with any variety of hors d’oeuvres you choose. The classic combination of watermelon and feta is a given then toss in with a bit of basil olive oil and chiffonade mint; you have a powerful palate pleaser. You can serve in individual dishes or on a long platter. Enjoy!

Watermelon Bites with Basil Oil, Feta & Mint

Watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
Basil Olive Oil
Feta, crumbled
Mint, chiffonade

Simply cut the watermelon in one inch cubes, drizzle with basil olive oil and garnish with crumbled feta and mint.

Note: If you can’t locate basil flavored olive oil use extra virgin olive oil and add a few basil leave cut thin to the mint and top on the watermelon.


  1. It's so simple, yet so elegant and gourmet. Stunning photos.

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you and it is such an easy thing to make and will certainly impress your guests.

  3. Lisa...these are STUNNING! The different flavors must pair so all that's going on in these little bites. Pinning!

  4. Lovely and refreshing, great for summer parties too, thanks.

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  5. I love your presentation here....these would be so impressive at a party or anytime really!

  6. must be a delicious and refreshing bite!

  7. What pretty pictures and talk about a refreshing bite. Lisa, these appetizers are just lovely. I also think that your Friday night tradition is pretty special--and plus, you get to enjoy so much great food! :)

  8. So simple, yet so fancy! Seems like an appetizer at a gourmet restaurant!

  9. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...


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