After a long streak of rain and cloudiness, it seems that it is finally safe to say that summer has arrived here in Seattle. It's time to pull out the grill, clean those pools, and stock up on some fresh summer produce. One of my favorite things to indulge on during summertime is a sweet watermelon. The only other time I had a sudden urge for the juicy and sweet fruit was when I was pregnant with my daughter,Denise; I craved watermelons like there was no tomorrow!
My favorite recipe with watermelon, besides indulging on them all by itself, is this delicious sweet & savory watermelon salad! I pair up some crunchy cucumbers, salty ricotta salata cheese, refreshing mint, red onions, with my sweet watermelon and toss it with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
You can eat it all by itself, scoop it up with some tortilla chips, or pair it with a piece of grilled chicken of fish. I also like to pan sear and refrigerate some prawns and serve it as a little prawn cocktail. However you decide to try it, there is no denying how delectable this refreshing salad is! Not only delicious, but super quick to put together! So if you are in crunch for time and have to attend that neighborhood potluck, or need a side dish for tonight's dinner, grab these simple everyday ingredients and turn them into something simply wonderful!
Sweet and Savory Summertime Watermelon Salad
2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
2 cups cubed cucumber
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 cup ricotta salata cheese (or feta cheese), crumbled
1 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olinve oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
In a large bowl, combine cucumber, onion, mint leaves with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mix until everything is well incorporated. Add watermelon and cheese and gently mix into the salad.