SALTED WATERMELON, PRAWN & FETA SALAD 3 Tbsp ouzo (or pastis) 1½ Tbsp caster sugar Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper 1kg seedless watermelon 2½ Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Juice of ½ lemon 1 handful of dill fronds 1 handful of mint leaves, torn 800g cooked prawns, peeled and deveined, tails on 4 spring onions, white part only, finely sliced on an angle
Combine the ouzo, sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper in a small bowl. Trim the rind off the watermelon and cut out two 3cm-thick squares about 10cm × 10cm. 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.
Recipe extract from Salads & Vegetables by Karen Martini, available now, Plum, $39.99.
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.
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