Refreshing watermelon and mint complement salty feta in this sweet and savory pairing, that’s a perfect easy, healthy, and flavorful appetizer for a summer party.
It’s hard to believe (especially because the weather doesn’t feel like it), but the month of May is almost over and with Memorial Day a week away we’re about to start the season of barbecues and backyard parties. For some, there are also loads of other celebrations like graduation parties and bridal showers that are happening over the next few months. The end of the month also means it’s time for The Recipe ReDux challenge. This month’s theme is perfect for all these gatherings that are about to take place:
Small Plates For Sunny Days
Small bites are perfect for trying many different tastes. Take tapas style eating outside for al fresco dining or a simple picnic. Or maybe you’re serving small bites at a bridal or baby shower or a graduation party. Show us your healthy take on small plates and finger foods.
In addition to how appropriate this theme is for the season, I also love this theme because I am the queen of small plates. When we go out to dinner, I much prefer to share a bunch of appetizers with the table than order one appetizer and a main for myself. I love trying a little bit of everything and really getting the experience of all the restaurant’s offerings.
So too when I host a party at my house, I can’t help but make a buffet full of dishes. It’s a very rare occasion that I make a classic meal of one salad/appetizer, one entree with two side dishes, and one dessert. The spread usually consists of a variety of hors d’oeuvres/appetizers, two or three entree proteins, three or four side dishes, and at least two desserts. Even though I almost always end up with too much food, I just can’t help myself! (And I love leftovers of most dishes, so I don’t mind having extra for the next couple of days!).
One problem with making so many different dishes is that it’s super time consuming so I end up spending hours – who am I kidding? Days! – in the kitchen leading up to my company arriving and then I am often in the kitchen during the party as well. While I truly love cooking and culinary creativity, it’s nice to have some quick and easy recipes to put out for a crowd so that I can enjoy the fruits (and vegetables, lol!) of my labor with my guests.
I’ve shared some easier small bite dishes on the blog, like these Lemon Hummus Endive Boats with Pomegranate Seeds, Fresh Salmon Ceviche with Cucumbers and Radishes, and Watermelon & Lemon Mint Ricotta Stacks, and today I have another one for you!
Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Skewers
These Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Skewers are so easy to put together and can be assembled at least an hour before company arrives so that it’s one less thing to do in the final countdown to the doorbell ringing. Plus, they don’t really require a recipe.
As you’ll see below, I don’t have specific measurements for any of the ingredients because you can make as many or as few as you want/need for your company (although I highly recommend you make more because they’ll go fast!).
Most of all, these skewers are packed with flavor in just a few bites and they’re super refreshing for the hot summer days ahead. The drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar adds that final touch of elegance that takes them over the top and will wow your guests into thinking you were slaving away all day in the kitchen!
So get ready for all the summer celebrations and enjoy these nutritious and delicious, quick and easy, flavor-packed small bites!
- Watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Firm block of feta cheese, cut into 1/2 - 3/4-inch cubes
- Mint leaves
- Aged balsamic vinegar, (not balsamic glaze)
- Thread a piece of watermelon onto a skewer, followed by a mint leaf, a cube of feta, another mint leaf, and another piece of watermelon. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Store covered in the refrigerator for up 1 hour, if desired.
- Just before serving, drizzle each skewer with aged balsamic vinegar and serve.
The amount of each ingredient is not specified here because you can make as many or as few as you want. I suggest making a lot though - these are a crowd pleaser!
Do you like tapas-style dining?
What’s your favorite small plate to make for guests?