Happy summer to my dearest friends,
You know lately I have been smiling. Really, because it’s time for the sun, surf, hot bikinis, cool drinks and and all things that scream summer. If there’s one thing I love about summer, its a big fat-ass watermelon. You see, as a kid, I was absolutely obsessed with it. I mean you could not pry me away from my watermelon, no sir, that was my summer fruit of choice. It was like my lifeline for cooking show in the sandbox, the natural sugar-hiiigh I needed for an all-day-er of playing in the culdesac and the absolute coldest, most refreshing bite on a hot summer day.
Now that I play real cooking show on set and weekends were just made for those all-night-ers I still somehow, managed to maintain that exact same smile when I bite into a big-cool-crisp triangle of watermelon. Same watermelon, same gal, just a lil more wrinkly and clever now.
So clever that I took the time to draft + test two fresh and delicious recipes for you + watermelon. Here are two ways that I love to serve up my watermelon in the summertime. Keepin’ it real, fresh and sexy as always! Happy summer 2011, get out there + play with your food homies.
Watermelon + Arugula-la Salad with white cannellini beans+ lemon vinaigrette
3 C Arugula
2 C Watermelon thinly sliced
1/2 C Cannellini beans
a few slices of Chevre: aka goat cheese (mmhmm my fave b/c its perf for those lactose intolerant peeps.
Dressing: ExVirg olive oil + apple cider vinegar + honey + sea salt (to taste)
Make a salad as you do.. dress in the lemon vinaigrette, add a few medallions of chevre on top and voila! You just made a perfect summer salad!
Watermelon Salad with Basil, Feta, and Balsamic Reduction Sauce
Derived from my elegant + classy cookbook Pretty Delicious page 73 (what you don’t have your copy yet? Support a local foodie)
So so simple, yet oh so classy. This recipe says it all.
4 C Watermelon triangles, thin sliced
½ C Fresh basil leaves, cleaned, fine julienne, ribbons
½ C Feta Cheese, crumbles
Balsamic Reduction Sauce
Balsamic Reduction Recipe:
Add 2 C of Balsamic Vinegar to a saucepan and reduce on a medium heat , allow the vinegar to reduce until it’s at a syrup like consistency.
Cool completely , then add into a squeeze bottle
1- On 4 separate plates add a few watermelon slices first
2- Top with a sprinkle of the basil leaves
3- Crumble feta cheese on top
4- Use the squeeze bottle and gently drizzle the balsamic reduction on top of the salad. Enjoy with a knife and fork. Word up yo, happy summer! xx ck