Franco’s Watermelon and Feta Salad

Come and get it!  Franco’s Watermelon and Feta Salad

Chef Franco Lania - Piraeus, Greece

Chef Franco Lania – Piraeus, Greece

My latest Huffington Post article is about a wonderful encounter that began with watermelon. I had been working on a luxury cruise line and we docked, one beautiful August morning in Piraeus, the port city of Athens, Greece.  I was ashore by 11:30 a.m.  It was a very warm morning and I was heading to a local farmer’s market. Cool, refreshing Greek watermelon was on my mind as I meandered through the busy streets to my final destination.

Watermelon stand in Piraeus, Greece.

Watermelon stand in Piraeus, Greece.

The market was full of some absolutely beautiful fruits and vegetables.  I found a watermelon vendor and purchased my prized slice of refreshing watermelon and sat down to enjoy it.

What happened next was incredible and a true eye-opening life experience. Venture below for my refreshing version of a Greek-style Watermelon and Feta Salad.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad


  • 1 Tablespoon – Balsamic Vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons – Orange Juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 3 Tablespoons  – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and freshly cracked Black Pepper to taste
  • 700 g ( 25 oz ) – Watermelon
  • 200 g ( 7oz ) – Feta Cheese
  • 4 leaves ( medium ) – Fresh Mint or Basil


  • Pour vinegar, the orange juice, salt and pepper into a small jar or bottle. Then add the oil. Close and shake well.
  • Trim and deseed the melon. Keep only the very red part of the watermelon and cut into medium-sized pieces.
  • Cut the feta into medium-diced pieces.
  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with the dressing. Adjust the salt and pepper, if necessary.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to serving.
  • At service time, chiffonade the basil or mint leaves and toss through the salad.
  • Serve immediately

This watermelon salad is perfect for a light lunch on a hot summer day.

Click here to read the full story on Huffington PostWatermelon and Smiles in Greece