Karen Martini's Salted Watermelon, Prawn & Feta Salad

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3 tablespoons ouzo (or pastis)

1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar

salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

1 kg seedless watermelon

2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 handful of dill fronds

1 handful of mint leaves, torn

800 g cooked prawns, peeled and deveined, tails on

4 spring onions, white part only, finely sliced on an angle

150 g feta


Combine the ouzo, sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in a small bowl.

Trim the rind off the watermelon and cut out two 3-cm-thick squares about 10 cm X 10 cm. Cut the rest of the watermelon into large dice and reserve. Place the two squares of watermelon into a large ziplock bag sitting next to each other (not stacked) and pour in the ouzo mix. Press the air out of the bag, seal and sit flat on a plate. Place another plate on top to weigh it down and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to serve, cut the salted watermelon into large dice and arrange on a serving platter with the fresh watermelon.

Combine the oil and lemon juice in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the herbs and prawns, toss through and arrange over the watermelon. Scatter over the spring onion, crumble over the feta and serve immediately.


Recipes extracted from Salads & Vegetables by Karen Martini. Available now, Plum, RRP $39.99.

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