Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe is truly the best! It’s got the perfect minty flavor, rich chocolate chunks,…

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This mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe is truly the best! It’s got the perfect minty flavor, rich chocolate chunks, and creamy texture.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Are you a mint chocolate chip fan? Then let us introduce you to…the best homemade Mint Chocolate Chip recipe! This one’s pretty darn perfect, in our opinion. The flavor is fresh and beautifully minty, the texture is beautifully creamy and scoopable, and it’s studded with bittersweet chocolate chunks perfectly dispersed into every bite. This recipe holds loads of nostalgia for me as it’s my childhood favorite: so this homemade version is my dream come true. We’ve cracked the code to making this popular ice cream flavor at home! My 4-year-old self would be proud.

Ingredients in mint chocolate chip ice cream

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is a peppermint ice cream base mixed with chocolate chips or chunks. If you’re a purist like us, you’ll expect it to be a lovely shade of mint green, though it can be anywhere from white to neon green. This ice cream flavor has quite the fan following: I’ve been one since I was 4 years old. So we designed this recipe to taste like what you’d expect from a purchased pint: but even better. Here’s what you’ll need for this mint chocolate chip recipe:

  • Whole milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Cornstarch
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Peppermint extract
  • Green food coloring
  • Bittersweet chocolate
  • Neutral oil
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

What people are saying about this recipe

A few readers helped to recipe test this mint chocolate chocolate chip ice cream recipe before we shared it here (thank you to all!). Here’s a bit of what we heard about this recipe:

  • “My husband told me, ‘This is exactly what I look for in mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s the perfect level of mint and the right ratio of chocolate: I get some in every bite. I kindly request you make this again!'” -Brianna
  • “The mint flavor was the perfect amount and the bittersweet chocolate was an excellent complement. The texture over storage time was completely consistent – tastes delicious, scooped perfectly. 100% will make again!” -Nicole
  • “It was really easy to make this recipe and the ice cream tasted great! The mint was the perfect amount. It was fun to use ingredients I already had on hand to make a flavor of ice cream I had never made before!” -Sarah

Notes on ingredients

There are a few things to note about ingredients for this mint chocolate chip recipe. Here’s what to know:

  • Make the color as green as you like, or omit the food coloring. To us, mint chocolate chip ice cream should be mint green. But if you’re a purist about food coloring in your desserts, we get it. Omit the food coloring and it tastes just as good! The color will look pretty extreme before churning but it evens out afterwards.
  • Peppermint extract is very strong. All you need is ½ teaspoon here. You’re welcome to use more, but we found it had an aftertaste of alcohol with more extract.
  • Use the vanilla extract too! Using only peppermint extract tastes a little one note. Add the vanilla extract and it balances out the flavors. (Trust us!)
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

For the chocolate method

This mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe is special not just because of the minty flavor. For me it’s the chocolate. Pouring melted chocolate into the cold ice cream achieves the stracciatella effect with irregular pieces: after you try it once, you’ll never go back! Here’s what to note about this method:

  • Straciatella is the name of a gelato flavor with a vanilla base and irregular-shaped shreds of chocolate (inspired by the Italian soup of the same name). Traditionally melted chocolate is poured into the ice cream towards the end of churning, where it solidifies and then gets broken into very small pieces.
  • How to do it? In this recipe, we add melted chocolate to the cold ice cream after churning and stir with a spoon (instead of continuing to churn). This achieves large chocolate chunks instead of the very fine chunks in straciatella.
  • Adding a bit of oil to the chocolate makes the chocolate pieces have a softer, easier to bite texture. (It’s similar to Graeter’s ice cream chocolate chunks, if you are familiar with this brand!) Of course, you can skip the melting altogether and just stir in chocolate chunks…but this method is 100% worth it.

Required equipment: ice cream maker

This mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe does require an ice cream maker. However, this is the only way to make “real” ice cream at home. (Most no-churn ice cream recipes use sweetened condensed milk as a shortcut.) You’ll find this piece of equipment a great investment you can use to make sorbetssherbet and ice cream year round. There are two main types of ice cream makers to try:

  • Freezer bowl ice cream maker (inexpensive). Find any sort of freezer bowl ice cream maker for the most economical choice. Here’s the 2 quart freezer bowl ice cream maker we use; it’s a little more expensive but it’s held up well. Make sure to freeze the base of the ice cream maker overnight before making this recipe.
  • Automatic ice cream maker (expensive but easy to use). Do you make ice cream often? You might want to consider this automatic ice cream maker, which is larger and more expensive. However, it requires no pre-freezing, so you can make ice cream any time you please! You can also make multiple batches back to back without needing to freeze the base again.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

How to make mint chocolate chip ice cream (basic steps)

This mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe uses the classic method making ice cream: make a custard, churn it in an ice cream maker, then freeze to “ripen” the texture. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Make the custard (5 minutes): Simmer the cornstarch, whole milk and sugar 4 to 5 minutes, taking care that it doesn’t boil. Then add in the heavy cream, more milk, vanilla, peppermint extract, food coloring, and salt.
  • Cool the custard (30 minutes): Cool down the custard before churning it. You can do this in a few ways: the quickest is to pour it into a 1-gallon zip-top bag, seal it, and place the bag in ice water for 30 minutes. Or you can transfer the mixture to a large metal or glass bowl and place the bowl in a smaller bowl of ice water for 1 hour.
  • Churn (25 minutes): Then churn the ice cream in the ice cream maker. After 25 minutes, it makes a soft serve texture.
  • Add chocolate (10 minutes): Melt the chocolate and oil in the microwave (see the instructions below). Place half the ice cream in a loaf pan, drizzle in the chocolate, and break it into pieces and stir in with a spoon. Repeat, then add the remaining half ice cream and repeat.
  • Freeze or “ripen” for hard ice cream texture (at least 2 hours): Freeze the ice cream for 2 to 4 hours for a scoop-able, hard ice cream texture.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Best Flavor & Texture!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including chill time)
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart

Description

This mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe is truly the best! It’s got the perfect minty flavor, rich chocolate chunks, and creamy texture.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 drops green food coloring
  • 4 ounces (¾ cup) bittersweet chocolate chips*
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions

Note: Make sure to freeze the base of your ice cream maker overnight before making this recipe.

  1. In a medium saucepan, slowly whisk the cornstarch into 1 cup cold whole milk, then whisk in the sugar. Apply medium heat and heat for 4 to 6 minutes, whisking frequently, until nearly simmering and the mixture thickens.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in the remaining ½ cup whole milk, heavy cream, salt, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, and green food coloring. 
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large metal or glass bowl. Place the bowl in a smaller bowl of ice water for 1 hour, making sure not to splash any water into the ice cream (or even quicker, you can pour it into a 1-gallon zip-top bag, seal it, and place the bag in ice water for 30 minutes). Alternatively, simply place the bowl in the refrigerator and wait for 3 to 4 hours or until the temperature drops to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Churn according to your ice cream maker instructions, about 25 minutes for soft serve consistency.
  5. When the ice cream is done churning, place the chocolate chips and oil in a dry glass measuring cup or bowl (make sure the cup or bowl are perfectly dry or the chocolate will seize). Microwave on High power for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave another 30 seconds and stir. At this point it should be mostly melted with a few unmelted chunks: keep stirring until all the unmelted bits disappear and the chocolate is perfectly smooth. (If not, microwave in 10 second bursts until it is mostly melted.) You can also melt the chocolate on the stove on a double boiler: remove it from the heat just when the larger bits of chocolate melt.
  6. Transfer the churned ice cream into a loaf pan or storage container. Drizzle about ⅙ of the chocolate in lines over the entire surface, then wait for a few seconds until it starts to solidify. Use a spoon to stir the chocolate into the ice cream, creating irregular chocolate chunks and spreading them evenly throughout. Do this about 6 times until the entire amount of chocolate is incorporated. (It’s helpful to drizzle in lines and not one large chunk, which solidifies quickly and can be difficult to break apart. You can break up any very large chunks into smaller pieces using a spoon if you like.) The ice cream may melt a bit, which is expected: stir to incorporate everything and smooth the top into an even layer. 
  7. Place the container in the freezer and freeze for at least 2 hours (or up to 4 hours), which “ripens” the ice cream and creates the hard ice cream texture. Store in a loaf pan with a parchment sheet over the top or a sealed container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*If you prefer, you can use chocolate chips or chopped chocolate and skip the melting with oil in Step 5 that achieves the stracciatella effect. But we highly recommend it!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Ice Cream
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Mint chocolate chip ice cream, chocolate chip mint ice cream, mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe

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Mint Lemonade

This mint lemonade recipe is easy and refreshing! The cooling, herbaceous notes of mint pair perfectly with the zing of…

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This mint lemonade recipe is easy and refreshing! The cooling, herbaceous notes of mint pair perfectly with the zing of lemon.

Mint Lemonade

Here’s a beverage that’s ideal for summer sipping: Mint Lemonade! This recipe is ideal for when you have loads of this fresh herb on hand. The cooling, herbaceous notes of the mint are a perfect pair with the acidic pop of the lemon. What could be more refreshing? It’s simple to whip up and perfect for parties and entertaining. Or, make a big pitcher to drink off of all week! Here’s our master method.

Ingredients for mint lemonade

This mint lemonade recipe skips making a simple syrup on the stovetop, and goes right to the blender. In fact, all you need to do is blend mint and sugar, then mix it with lemon juice to form lemonade. As a note, this recipe is best in summer you’ve got fresh mint to spare. It calls for 1 cup mint leaves, which can get expensive if you’re buying store-bought out of season. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Fresh mint
  • Lemons
  • Sugar
Mint Lemonade recipe

How to make mint lemonade (basic steps)

It’s very easy to make your own homemade lemonade! The most time consuming part? Juicing the lemons! Here are the basic steps for how to make this mint lemonade (or jump to the recipe below for quantities):

  • Juice the lemons. Using a press juicer is the quickest way to juice lemons: it gets out the most juice and saves your fingers from tiring out from squeezing. The next best choice? A handheld citrus juicer.
  • Blend the mint, sugar and water. Give it a whiz in the blender.
  • Double strain it with a fine mesh strainer! This is the important part. You’ll want to strain the liquid twice to avoid floating sediment that forms from the blended mint.
  • Mix the pitcher. Then mix it in a pitcher with the lemon juice and more cold water.
  • Garnish with fresh mint! This is also important. Garnishing with another sprig of mint is important for getting the right mint aroma to each sip.
Mint lemonade

Variations on this recipe

There are other fun ways to mix up this mint lemonade recipe: like making it sparkling or spiked! Here are a few fun variations:

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Mint Lemonade

Mint Lemonade


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 drinks

Description

This mint lemonade recipe is easy and refreshing! The cooling, herbaceous notes of mint pair perfectly with the zing of lemon.


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (7 to 8 large lemons)*
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed
  • Ice, for serving

Instructions

  1. Juice the lemons. Add the lemon juice to a pitcher with 6 cups cold water.
  2. In a blender, combine the sugar, mint leaves and 1 cup warm water. Blend until fully combined.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Then strain it back through the strainer into the pitcher with the lemon juice. (Double straining helps to remove sediment that would otherwise form at the top of the liquid.)
  4. Add ice to the pitcher. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint, to get the most of the mint flavor.  Serve immediately or store refrigerated for up to 3 days.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Lemonade
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Mint lemonade, mint lemonade recipe

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Bún Chả (Vietnamese Meatballs)

Bún chả (Vietnamese Meatballs) are simple, light, fresh, and perfect for a hot summer day or as a make-ahead meal.

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This light and fresh Bún Chả recipe features flavorful and juicy pork meatballs paired with vermicelli noodles and plenty of herbs and vegetables. Bún chả is light yet filling and it comes together effortlessly in a few straightforward steps. Served with a homemade dipping sauce, this refreshing recipe is perfect for a hot summer day or as a make-ahead meal.

Close up of Bún chả in a bowl with rice noodles and vegetables.

What is Bún Chả?

Growing up, I didn’t realize there was a name for these delicious juicy pork meatballs. They were just something my mom made for me because it was one of the five things that I was willing to eat without question. It’s a recipe that you can easily make, you can scale it up or down, and most importantly, it’s super flavorful. 

Bún chả, also known as Vietnamese pork meatballs with vermicelli noodles, is a popular Vietnamese dish that is thought to have originated in Hanoi. You can find them served anywhere from street food stalls to restaurants in Hanoi. While a popular lunchtime recipe, you can enjoy this recipe any time of the day. I love how refreshing the noodles, vegetables, and herbs are on a hot summer day. You can even find Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama enjoying it on an episode of Parts Unknown!

What is fish sauce? 

Fish sauce is the secret ingredient of this entire recipe. It goes into the meatballs as well as the dipping sauce (nước chấm) and is an absolute umami bomb. It is a liquid condiment that is made from fermenting fish over time. It adds major savory, salty, and general deliciousness to the overall dish. You can find fish sauce in the international aisle in most grocery stores, or at an Asian grocer.

Bún chả being dipped in a bowl of sauce with ingredients on the sides.

What is lemongrass? 

Lemongrass is an aromatic herb that has a fragrant complex flavor that is bright and citrusy. You can purchase lemongrass fresh or frozen. I usually find frozen lemongrass at Asian grocers and like to stock up my freezer with them. If you can’t find lemongrass, lemon zest and some ginger could work in a pinch, but I highly recommend not substituting the lemongrass because it is key to achieving the authentic Vietnamese flavor profile.

When using fresh lemongrass, keep in mind that the bottom woody section should be discarded. I’ve been noticing more chain grocery stores carrying fresh lemongrass so you should be able to find it relatively easily. If not, check where the ginger paste is kept and you might find lemongrass paste instead for an easy swap!

How to store leftovers

This recipe is perfect for meal prepping! Store the rice noodles, veggies, and herbs in one container and the pork meatballs in another container. This makes reheating the meatballs much easier, especially at work. Everything should keep and stay fresh for up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. 

Tips for Making Bún Chả

  • Do not overpack the meatballs while shaping the meatballs as you do not want them to be dense. 
  • For uniformed meatballs, use a cookie scoop. This helps them cook evenly as well. You do not want to go any larger than around a golf ball’s size.
  • For the nước chấm, feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes. 
  • While I use a non-stick skillet, you can use a grilling pan or cast-iron skillet as well. 
  • When buying rice vermicelli noodles, make sure to double-check the ingredients. At first glance, they look similar to cellophane noodles but they are not the same.
Close up side view of Bún chả in a bowl with rice noodles and vegetables.
Close up side view of Bún chả in a bowl with rice noodles and vegetables.

Bún chả

Bún chả (Vietnamese Meatballs) are simple, light, fresh, and perfect for a hot summer day or as a make-ahead meal.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Vietnames
Total Cost $16.22 recipe / $4.06 serving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 469kcal
Author Carmy Do

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground pork $4.49
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped $0.24
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallot $0.68
  • 4 Tbsp minced lemongrass $0.60
  • 2 Tbsp honey $0.24
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce $0.23
  • 1 tsp salt $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02

Dipping Sauce (​​Nuoc Cham)

  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 limes) $1.20
  • 3/4 cup water $0.00
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce $0.68
  • 1 Thai red chili pepper $0.10
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 2 Tbsp sugar $0.02
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced $0.16

Bowls

  • 8 oz. rice vermicelli noodles $2.99
  • 1 head butter lettuce $1.59
  • 1 handful fresh mint $2.19
  • 1 carrot, sliced $0.16
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced $0.50

Instructions

For the Meatballs:

  • CHop the garlic and shallots, and mince the lemongrass.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pork, fish sauce, salt, pepper, honey, lemongrass, shallots, and garlic. Set the mixture aside for 1 to 2 hours in the fridge.
  • Shape the mixture into small meatballs (about 20 meatballs), and then gently flatten them a bit.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and add the meatballs in a single layer. Cook the meatballs until they are golden and caramelized, around 2 to 3 minutes per side. Set the cooked meatballs aside.

For the Sauce:

  • Whisk the sauce ingredients together and adjust to your tastes. Optional: heat the water and whisk the sugar in to dissolve before adding the rest of the ingredients.

For the Bowls:

  • Prepare the vermicelli noodles according to package instructions (usually cook 2-3 minutes in a pot of boiling water).
  • Serve the noodles with the meatballs along with a handful of lettuce, mint, carrots, and cucumbers with the nuoc cham on the side.

Notes

Editor’s note: The prices listed above are from U.S. chain grocery stores. If you have an Asian market in your area you’ll be able to source ingredients like fish sauce, lemongrass, limes, Thai chilis, mint, and rice noodles for much cheaper and often with much higher quality.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 469kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 2098mg | Fiber: 3g
Overhead view of Bún chả in a bowl with rice noodles and vegetables.

How to Make Bún chả – Step by Step Photos

Prepared aromatics for the meatballs on a cutting board.

First, prepare the aromatics for the meatballs. Mince three cloves of garlic, ¼ cup shallots, and 4 tablespoons lemongrass.

Meatball ingredients in a bowl.

Add the garlic, shallots, and lemongrass to a bowl with about one pound of ground pork, 2 Tablespoons of honey, 1 Tablespoon fish sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mix the ingredients together then set the mixture aside for 1 to 2 hours in the fridge so the flavors can blend.

Shaped meatballs in a casserole dish.

Shape the mixture into small meatballs, and then gently flatten them a bit. To help divide the mixture evenly, first, dive the meat into four equal pieces, then divide each quarter into five pieces to yield 20 meatballs.

Cooked meatballs in a skillet.

Heat a large skillet over medium. Once hot, add a tablespoon or two of cooking oil and swirl to coat. Add the meatballs to the hot skillet in a single layer. Cook the meatballs until they are golden and caramelized, around 2 to 3 minutes per side. Set the cooked meatballs aside.

Prepared dipping sauce in a small container with a whisk.

For the sauce, whisk together ¼ cup lime juice, ¾ cup water, 3 Tablespoons fish sauce, 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 finely chopped red chili, 2 Tablespoons of sugar, and some thinly sliced carrots (optional garnish). Taste the sauce and adjust the ingredients to your taste buds.

Cooked rice noodles draining in a sieve over a bowl.

Prepare the vermicelli noodles according to package instructions (they usually require cooking for 2-3 minutes in a pot of boiling water). Drain the noodles and set them aside.

Chopped vegetables on a cutting board.

Prepare the rest of the vegetables for your bowls. Slice a cucumber, slice a carrot into matchsticks, pull a handful of mint leaves from the stems, and wash some tender lettuce.

Finished Bún chả bowl from above.

Build the Bún chả bowls by adding the rice vermicelli noodles to a bowl along with some lettuce, cucumber, carrot, and Bún chả. Dip the Bún chả into the sauce, or drizzle a little over the bowl.

Bún chả in a bowl of dipping sauce.

SO fresh and so GOOD!

Overhead view of Bún chả in a bowl with noodles and vegetables, dipping sauce on the side.

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Mango Salad with Lime

This bright mango salad recipe is sweet and zingy, starring the ripe fruit with fresh herbs and a honey lime…

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This bright mango salad recipe is sweet and zingy, starring the ripe fruit with fresh herbs and a honey lime dressing.

Mango salad

Got ripe mangos and need a way to use them? Try this bright and beautiful Mango Salad recipe! There’s nothing like the honeyed sweetness of a juicy mango, and here’s a fresh way to accessorize it. Pair it with cool cucumber, crunchy bell pepper, and herbaceous mint and cilantro, then cover it all in a honey lime dressing. It’s irresistibly refreshing and a versatile side dish for any plate: ideal with fish, veggie mains or even tacos. It’s always a huge hit at our house: and we hope it will be at yours!

Ingredients in mango salad

You can build a mango salad in many different ways, but we love this simple pairing of colorful vegetables and a zingy dressing. The flavor profile is like mango salsa, but you can eat it in so many more ways! Here’s what you’ll need for this salad recipe:

  • Mangos
  • Red bell pepper
  • English cucumber: we prefer the mild flavor and bright green color of an English cucumber: and you don’t need to peel it! If you use a standard cucumber, make sure to peel it.
  • Red onion
  • Fresh mint: the fresh herbs make the dish! Seek out fresh mint if at all possible; don’t substitute dried. If it’s growing season, mint is easy to grow at home.
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper
Mango salad

How to cut a mango

The part that takes the longest in this mango salad? Cutting a mango! There are several ways to tackle this juicy fruit. Here’s our method for how to cut a mango:

  1. Cut around the pit: Stand the mango on its side, with the stem facing away from you. Using a large chef’s knife, cut around the pit on one side. Start about 1/4″ from the center, following the curve of the pit. Repeat the same cut on the other side of the pit.
  2. Use a pairing knife to score it into squares: Use a paring knife to score the mango into squares, taking care not to cut through the peel.
  3. Scoop it out with a spoon: Use a large spoon to scoop between the fruit and the peel to remove the diced mango.
How to Cut a Mango

Scale it up!

This mango salad recipe calls for 2 mangos. Want to scale it up slightly, or have more mangos to use? You can use the same quantities of all the ingredients, but use 3 mangos instead. Taste and add more salt to taste. You can also add a hint more lime if you’d like.

Ways to serve mango salad

Mango salad is so versatile and works with many styles and types of dishes! Here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning:

Mango salad

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Mango salad

Mango Salad with Lime


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

This bright mango salad recipe is sweet and zingy, starring the ripe fruit with fresh herbs and a honey lime dressing.


Ingredients

  • 2 ripe mangos* (2 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper (1 cup diced)
  • 1/2 English cucumber (1 cup chopped)
  • 1/4 red onion (¼ cup thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (1 large or 2 small)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop the mangos. Dice the bell pepper. Chop the English cucumber. Thinly slice the red onion. Chop the mint and cilantro. Place them all in a medium bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the lime juice, olive oil, and honey or maple syrup. Add to the bowl with the mango and vegetables, then add the kosher salt and mix to combine. Lasts up to 3 days refrigerated.

Notes

*For a larger salad, use 3 ripe mangos and add more salt to taste.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Mango salad

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Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon feta salad is the ultimate fresh summer treat! Sweet melon with salty cheese is laid back and perfect for…

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Watermelon feta salad is the ultimate fresh summer treat! Sweet melon with salty cheese is laid back and perfect for the season.

Watermelon feta salad

Here’s the best recipe for when watermelon is in season, hands down: Watermelon Feta Salad! This classic combination of sweet juice melon and salty cheese is one of summer’s great pleasures. This summer salad has grown to massive popularity in recent years, and for good reason: it’s fast and easy to make, and has a lazy, laid-back vibe that screams flip flops, pool parties, and picnics.

What is watermelon feta salad?

Watermelon feta salad combines fresh cubed watermelon with feta cheese, and is often topped with olive oil or a quick vinaigrette. The origin of this salad may be Egyptian in origin, and it’s consumed in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions.

Why it works? It’s a refreshing dish for hot weather, and highlights the pairing of sweet fruit with salty cheese, an age old tradition in these cuisines. So while you may see it all over Pinterest: no, it was not invented by social media influencers!

Watermelon feta salad

Ingredients for watermelon feta salad

This watermelon feta salad recipe was the very first recipe we ever wrote for this website, back in August 2010. So much has changed since then, of course. But this salad recipe has grown massively in popularity! You’ll often see this type of recipe at summer potlucks and cookouts. Some recipes use a quick vinaigrette to dress the watermelon, but we like a simple drizzle of olive oil. Here are the watermelon feta salad ingredients:

  • Ripe watermelon
  • Feta cheese
  • Fresh herbs: basil or mint
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

The best part of this concept is you barely need to measure. Cube the watermelon, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with herbs. It’s that easy! We prefer the fresh bite of a watermelon feta mint salad, but it’s nearly as delicious with fresh basil.

How to find a ripe melon (important!)

Because this watermelon feta salad is so simple, it’s important that you buy the best quality ingredients. An unripe watermelon tastes bitter and flat: not at all what you need for this salad! Here’s how to select a great ripe fruit:

  • Shop in watermelon season. It’s the only sure way we’ve found to get a great fruit.
  • Look for the field spot. Most watermelons should have a patch on the bottom, which is where they were resting on the ground before being picked. If the patch is yellow, the watermelon is ripe (if it’s white, it’s unripe).
  • Look for a watermelon that feels heavy for its size. That means there’s lots of juice inside! Honestly this one is hard to assess in the grocery, but keep it in mind when you’re shopping.
Watermelon feta mint salad

Buying the best feta cheese

Equally as important is the feta cheese you purchase. Skip the pre-crumbled stuff, and go for a block of full-fat feta cheese. This kind of feta has the best flavor, and it’s most like the feta served in Greece.

You also want to avoid feta that’s made from cow’s milk, as that’s not true feta. It crumbles more easily, which isn’t what you want. Feta from Greece has incredible flavor if you can find it! We’ve been able to locate Greek feta at our local grocery store.

Storage and make ahead instructions

This watermelon feta salad is best freshly made, so we have a few tips for making it ahead:

  • Cut the watermelon and store it separately. Cut watermelon releases a lot of liquid. So the best way to make this salad in advance is to cut the watermelon into cubes and store it separately. Then make up the salad right before serving.
  • Leftovers store up to 2 days. However, this salad is sub-optimal as leftovers because it releases so much juice. It does work, but it’s better for laid back lunches than impressing dinner guests.
Watermelon feta salad

Variations on watermelon feta salad

There are lots of variations on watermelon feta salad, swapping in different cheeses, herbs, and dressings. Here are a few options:

  • Mint and lime: This Watermelon Mint Salad is a favorite variation! Add lime juice and mint, and skip the feta entirely.
  • Cucumber: Add cucumber for Watermelon Cucumber Salad. The cooling veggie pairs well with melon.
  • Onion: Add red onion slivers or minced shallot for a hint of savory spice
  • Baby arugula: Add baby arugula for a fluffy texture

More watermelon recipes

Watermelon feta salad is one of our top ideas for using this summery melon! But there are many more great ways to use this summer fruit. Here are some top watermelon recipes to try next:

This recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, go to Watermelon Salad with Mint.

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Watermelon feta salad

Watermelon Feta Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Description

Watermelon feta salad is the ultimate fresh summer treat! Sweet melon with salty cheese is laid back and perfect for the season.


Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed ripe seedless watermelon (5 pounds or 1/2 medium watermelon)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 basil or 6 mint leaves, minced
  • Lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, for garnish
  • Fresh ground black pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop the watermelon and arrange it on a platter. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with feta crumbles, basil or mint, and kosher salt. Add lemon zest or black pepper if desired.
  2. Serve immediately. If making ahead, refrigerate the cubed watermelon separately: it releases a large amount of water after it is cut. Then assemble the salad right before serving. Leftovers store for up to 2 days.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Watermelon feta salad, watermelon feta mint salad

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