Sweet, salty and sour combinations really liven up a plate of food. Cherries are perfect for pickling. They have a sweet note that pairs perfectly with a simple red wine pickle. Throw them together with some melon, courgette and some salty feta for a surprisingly refreshing summer salad.
Serves 2 for lunch, 4 as a starter
Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 10min + 30min cooling
- Place the red wine vinegar, salt, water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 2min, 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 5min. 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 mandolin 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 pickled cherries. Drizzle a couple of tbsp of the pickling liquid over the top.
Some handy tips…
- Feta can be replaced with a creamy burrata or mozzarella.
- Pickled cherries make a great accompaniment to a cheese board.
- If kept in the fridge for a few days, the cherries’ flavour will intensify.