What are your favorite things about summer? For me it's going to the beach, being in the sun, fruit picking and the glorious bounty that is the green market. I always look for watermelon. It's such a summery fruit.
Watermelon salad's seem to be everywhere on restaurant menus and it's no surprise to me. They're crunchy, simple and refreshing. Hydrating too, right? (ha!) I can eat a crazy amount of watermelon.
Use whatever herbs you like. I suggest mint, chervil, parsley, chives and thyme.
Watermelon Salad + Lemon Vinaigrette
for the vinaigrette
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon dijon mustard
s + p
for the salad
1 head bibb lettuce leaves, washed, dried, chopped
about 2 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs
2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
2 oz fresh goat cheese, chopped
2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons shelled pistachios
In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil and dijon together until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper until well balanced, adding more lemon juice if necessary.
Toss lettuce and herbs with vinaigrette. Pile dressed leaves onto 2 plates. Top each with watermelon, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and pistachios. Serve immediately.