Jamie Oliver's 18-minute refreshing watermelon and feta salad featuring crunchy veg

Watermelon salad.
Make this watermelon salad from scratch in no time! -Credit:Getty

A fresh and fruity salad with a secret ingredient has just been shared by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and it may surprise you with its lack of leaves.

Most people are led to believe that a salad consists of lettuce, tomatoes, some protein and other funky toppings. However, did you know that there are various styles of salad that include all sorts of fun ingredients?

The recipe by Jamie calls for feta cheese, radishes, mint and one special ingredient - watermelon. This watermelon salad with roasted pine nuts, feta, radishes and mind is a fresh way to get all your fruit and vegetables in during a picnic.

The best thing is, it calls for only five ingredients and is made in 18 minutes flat - perfect for when you are on the go and want a fun salad to spruce up your day.

Check out the recipe below and try it out for yourself. Taken from Jamie's book 5 Ingredients (available on Amazon for £15), find this recipe and others in the book dedicated to quick and easy dishes.

Jamie Oliver's watermelon, radish and feta salad with toasted pine nuts and fresh mint

Serves two


Watermelon salad.
Watermelon salad is a weird but tasty choice -Credit:Getty
  • Two tablespoons of pine nuts

  • 400g watermelon

  • 200g radishes - ideally with leaves

  • Four sprigs of fresh mint

  • 50g feta cheese


  1. Begin by toasting the pine nuts in a dry frying pan on a medium heat for a minute, tossing regularly then remove and set aside.

  2. Cut off the watermelon rind and pick out any seeds - before slicing as finely as you can. Finely slice the radishes too, keeping any good leaves attached and dress both with one tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of red wine vinegar.

  3. Taste this and season to your liking with salt and pepper. Arrange the watermelon and radishes on the plate or sharing platter before sprinkling over the pine nuts.

  4. Pick over the mint leaves and crumble the feta onto the salad, finishing with a pinch of pepper.

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