I made this salad last year for a friend's Memorial Weekend BBQ. She requested it again this year and I was happy to recreate the dish. It is surprising how well these odd seeming ingredients blend together for a perfect savory/sweet refreshing summer salad. Yum!
1. One 8-pound seedless watermelon, scooped into balls with a melon baller or cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks (10 cups), chilled 2. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 4. 2 teaspoons kosher salt 5. 1 teaspoon Sriracha 6. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled (2 cups) 7. 1 1/4 cups pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped (optional) 8. 1 small sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice 9. 1 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves 10. ½ cup cilantro leaves chopped
Set large colander/strainer inside larger bowl. Prepare watermelon and place in strainer. Allow watermelon to strain while preparing the rest of the dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, Sriracha and pepper. Place strained watermelon in a large bowl, reserve liquid to use if needed. Toss dressing with the watermelon, feta, olives and onion and toss gently. Stir in mint and cilantro and serve. The salad will most likely “juice up” again from the watermelon, if not add reserved juice.
"The Tandori chicken was wonderful. I loved the flavors! The cucumber salad was also really tasty.Thanks for a great dinner." Personal chef client September 2008
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"...thanks for making our party so special -- and delicious. I am still getting comments from my friends about the great food..." Anne G.- Cinco De Mayo Party
"Sandra Mendez, of Green Goddess Gourmet, created a unique, delicious and healthy menu for an evening with a group of friends. She demonstrated cooking techniques as well as taught us about the ingredients she was using. She was professional and everything was really tasty. It was a relaxed, casual evening with friends that was a lot of fun! " Sarah-Group Cooking Class and Dinner May 2008
Great Books to Read
Food Rules by Michael Pollen
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
To Buy or Not To Buy Organic by Cindy Burke
Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert A great book and not just the "Eat" part.