Refreshing summer salad with feta and pickled fresh cherries recipe

A surprisingly refreshing summer salad which pairs picked fresh cherries with melon, courgette and salty feta.


Place the red wine vinegar, salt, water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring to make sure all the salt and sugar has dissolved. Take off the heat, pour into a bowl or container and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Add the cherries and leave to cool to room temperature. (if making ahead of time, place in the fridge to chill).

Use a speed peeler or mandolin to make courgette ribbons the length of the courgette. Thinly slice with a knife or use a mandoline to thinly slice the melon into long strips. Toss the melon in a bowl with the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Spread on a large platter. Sprinkle on the mint, crumble on the feta and scatter over the cherries. Drizzle a couple of tbsps. of the pickling liquid over the top.

Feta can be replaced with a creamy burrata or mozzarella.
The pickled cherries make a great accompaniment to a cheese board.

Get ahead
The cherries can be kept in the fridge for a few days. The flavour will intensify.

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50 ml red wine vinegar
1 tbsp sea salt
150ml water
100g caster sugar
200g cherries, halved and stones removed
1 medium courgette, stalk removed
1/2 firm cantaloupe melon, skin and seeds removed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt
small handful mint leaves
100g feta