Watermelon and feta salad with verjus dressing for a super-easy summer salad.

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Verjus isn’t a mainstream ingredient, and yet it’s been around since the Middle Ages when it was used as a sauce ingredient, tenderizer, and condiment. It’s pronounced ver-jue, translated as “green juice”, and is extracted from unripened grapes.

Verjus is much softer than the brash edges of vinegar, think green apple tartness instead, but is often used as an alternative. What I particularly like is that less oil is needed in a vinaigrette when I use verjus. A lot less. Instead of using the typical 3 – 4 parts oil to vinegar, for example, in this salad I went with 1/2 part oil to verjus. That’s a huge difference in calories.

I’ve used both Terra Sonoma’s VerJus out of Sonoma County (California), and Navarro’s Verjus, a Mendocino, California winery, and they’re both wonderful. Add it to salad dressings, sauces, braises, or the water used to simmer artichokes or whole grains for a wine-like infusion of flavor that’s not overly sweet.

As a note, verjus is non-alcoholic and only lasts about a week in the refrigerator once opened, so use it lavishly.

Watermelon and Feta Salad with Verjus

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Serves: Serves 4

  • 1 small watermelon
  • ⅓ cup feta cheese (I use feta cheese from sheep's milk)
  • ⅛ cup (2 Tbsp) mint leaves thinly slivered
  • ⅛ cup (2 Tbsp) basil leaves thinly slivered
  • ⅛ cup (2 Tbsp) pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
  • ¼ cup verjus
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Cut away the green and white rind layers from the watermelon, and slice into 1-inch cubes. Lay on a serving dish.
  2. Cut the cheese into ½-inch pieces and spread over the watermelon pieces.
  3. Sprinkle the mint and basil on top. When I use basil in my garden, I toss on some basil flowers too. Add the pepitas.
  4. Combine the verjus and oil, and drizzle over the watermelon salad. Finish with a light pinch of salt and ground black pepper.
  5. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving.

Calories: 188
Fat: 13.4 g (Saturated Fat: 3.9 g)
Sodium: 195.9 g
Potassium: 174 g
Carbs: 13.1 g
Protein: 5.4 g

This is a great salad for a last-minute BBQ, a potluck dinner, or a picnic. And it’s picnic season! In honor of picnic season as we march towards the big 4th of July holiday here in the States, the #SundaySupper crowd is having a huge virtual picnic. So go see what everyone’s bringing, and pick up some great ideas for your own picnic! A big thanks to Jane at Jane’s Adventures in Dinner for hosting us this week!






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  1. apuginthekitchen June 29, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I have used verjus a long time ago and had forgotten about it. I love how you use it here on the watermelon salad, a stroke of genius, you are right it’s much less acidic or harsh than vinegar. Watermelon and feta is one of my favorite combinations.
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  2. cheri June 29, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Hi Susan, love this salad, I find watermelon is always so refreshing, love it combined with the feta, will have to check out the verjus, sounds delicious!
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  3. Marlene @Nosh My Way June 29, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Watermelon and feta are definitely a great combination.
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  4. Stacy June 29, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    This is my favorite kind of salad, Susan! I know I would love the salty feta with the sweet watermelon since I always eat watermelon with a sprinkle of sea salt. Can’t wait to try this!
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  5. Tara June 29, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I was wondering when I would see the watermelon, I think it has to be in the top 5 to bring to a picnic, perfect recipe!!

  6. Liz June 29, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    What a stunning salad…the epitome of summer with the watermelon! And I need to track down some verjus to give it a try :)

  7. Courtney @ Neighborfood June 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I have heard so much about this watermelon feta salad, but have yet to try it or make it myself. Looks like I also need to find some verjus! Thanks for the info on it!
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  8. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen June 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    YUM!! Watermelon and feta would taste sooo good together! Great salad :)

  9. Shaina June 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Love love love this salad. Watermelon and feta go together so perfectly!
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  10. Martin D Redmond June 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Mmmm. I bet the verjus really set this off! I’ve had the Navarro verjus and it’s great. I’ll have to pick some up now that I know what to do with it besides drink it! Great looking recipe! Pinning!
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  11. Sarah June 29, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    My coworker brought something almost identical to work on the last day of school, it looked amazing
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  12. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious June 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    How interesting…verjus! The same principle happens with rice vinegar. It is half the acidity, so you need far, far less olive oil in the dressing to balance it. Great tip! And I really want this salad at every picnic, party and potluck for the rest of my life.
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  13. Susan June 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    I have never heard of verjus before but it sounds like something I’d like and this salad looks delicious.
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  14. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) June 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    A picnic isn’t a picnic without watermelon!

  15. Christy June 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    This is one of my favorite summer salads, I’ve never tried it with the verjus. Can’t wait to try your version!
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  16. Marion@Life Tastes Good June 29, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    This is such a beautiful salad and it looks so refreshing! It cools me off just looking at your beautiful pic!!

  17. laurasmess June 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    We have an Australian cook/media personality called Maggie Beer who is a big advocate for the use of verjus (or verjuice as it is often labelled over here!). It’s great, I’ve fallen in love with it! Love this gorgeous salad, the crunchy pepitas and herbs must add so much gorgeous complexity. I can’t wait to try it xx
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  18. I’ve never heard of verjus so thank you for teaching me something new!
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  19. Choc Chip Uru June 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Verjus is so classy an ingredient to use, I just read Lauramess’s comment but I was about to mention Maggie Beer as well 😛
    This salad looks fantastic, the texture of feta and watermelon would be perfect!

    Choc Chip Uru
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  20. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch June 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I always love a watermelon salad! So easy and relish!
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  21. Cindys Recipes and Writings July 1, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    I can almost taste this, sweet watermelon and mild feta with verjus! Perfect!
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  22. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons July 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    I love any instruction to use something lavishly! I can’t wait to get my hands on some verjus now. Definitely starting some research as to where I might be able to get some around here.

    Love the combo of watermelon and feta, and the pepitas for crunch are so smart!
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  23. Terra July 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    I keep reading recipes using watermelon in a unique way. I need to try watermelon in a new way for sure! Such a lovely refreshing salad! Hugs, Terra
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  24. mjskit July 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    I’ve never heard of verjus. How very interesting!! Thanks for introducing a new ingredient. I love this salad and can’t wait for watermelons to start showing up here. I make something similar with a little preserved lemons added in. Now I’m on the hunt for verjus .
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  25. Mary @ Fit and Fed July 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    I have heard of verjus but never seen it for sale. It sounds perfect to go with fruit with its relative softness. I love watermelon and feta salad, just had one last week!
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