With the hot British weather looking set to last the rest of summer, the focus on light and refreshing dishes has never been so prominent.Those seeking a taste of the Mediterranean in their own back garden can enjoy Sopwell House’s Executive Head Chef Gopi Chandran’s exclusive recipe.  Create a hydrating and vibrant watermelon and feta salad that will reinvigorate your usual salad staples and wow your guests at your next summer BBQ.

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4)

  • ¼ Watermelon – Skin removed and diced 1 inch thick
  • Feta – 200g diced or crumbled
  • Kalamata olives – 50g pitted
  • Red chilli – 1 finely chopped
  • Olive oil – 10ml
  • Garlic clove – 1 clove
  • A sprig of thyme and rosemary
  • ½ large lemon, remove rind and julienne (slice rind into thin strips). Juice the flesh
  • Basil leaves – 10g
  • Mint leaves – 10g

METHOD

  • To make the dressing, slowly and carefully heat olive oil, adding the garlic, chilli, thyme and rosemary, lemon rind.
  • Gently heat for 3 minutes, add lemon juice, salt and pepper. It’s important to do this slowly to avoid burning any of the added elements.
  • Set aside to cool
  • To serve, spread the diced watermelon in the desired dish, sprinkle the feta on top, spoon over olives and distribute the dressing evenly.
  • Finish with a fine chiffonade of basil and mint – this will bring out all the flavour.