Saturday, July 2, 2005
No Summer Without Watermelon
Salad of Watermelon, Feta and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
If you haven't tried this one yet, you really should - I know, the combination sounds a little odd, but it really, truly works - I promise! My - well, recipe would be a very fancy word for what is really just a set of instructions! - comes from Peter Gordon, of the Sugar Club (and sweet chili sauce!) fame. He says it's roots are Israelic - whether or not, it's a nice summery salad. And then it's easy to do, too!
Get the best watermelon you can lay your hands on, preferably seedless. Cut it into chunks and peel. Arrange on a large plate. Crumble a good, salty feta on top (Mr. Gordon says sheep's, but if you prefer cow, I wouldn't judge you by it). Toast a handful of pumpkin seeds, sprinkle those on top, and drizzle with a extra virgin olive oil and a grind or 7 of black pepper. Eat. Preferably out on the porch - in the sun somewhere, at least!
Nigella has a version in which she puts feta, olives, lime juice softened red onion, mint and parsley with the watermelon. And what could possibly be bad about that combo?!