4 April, 2014
Watermelon Goat Cheese SaladComments : 5 Posted in : Soups - Salads - Sandwiches on by : Cook Plate Fork Tags: America's Test Kitchen, Annals of Oncology, Bacon, Black garlic (food), Black pepper, Cook, Cream, Fruits and Vegetables, Garlic, Goat Cheese Salad, Home, Mexico, Olive oil, Roasting, Salad, Shallot, sweet watermelon, Vinaigrette, Watermelon
We went shopping for some fruits and vegetables and I found a good watermelon. The batch of melons we were examining were from Mexico. The watermelons were all the same weight and the same shape. If your asking how is that possible, it is because we bought it at Cost Co. All of the fruits and vegetables they stock have to be to their standards, that is shape, size, and weight. Especially if the produce is sold in singles, like watermelons. As they have no scales to weigh the produce, they need to be the same weight.
With that said, you may think that every watermelon in the bunch is equally as ripe and sweet. But not so. How is one able to choose the right melon?
I found this image on-line that is self explanatory. It shows how you can select the right melon, so when you cut it up and take your first bit, you won’t be dissatisfied with a non-sweet, pithy watermelon.
Once you have your rip, sweet watermelon, you need to try this wonderful salad: Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad.
Here is what you will need:
Wow, doesn’t that melon look rip and juicy. You need 1 ripe and sweet watermelon, cubed at desired size, 5-7 pieces per salad plate. You will use between 1/4 and 1/2 of the melon. It all depends on how many plates you will be serving.
In addition you will need:
1 shaved fennel bulb set in ice water to crisp
1/8 cup toasted hazelnuts, broken into small pieces
1 oz. goat cheese, crumbled into small pieces
1 cup Tender Greens lettuce mix (variety of lettuce and greens)
1/2 shallot, minced
The shallot will be used in the Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette.
5 chive stems, finely chopped
3 basil leaves, finely sliced (I forgot to mark that on the image. That is what is in the jar in the back ground)
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¾ cup olive oil
Whisk together shallots, chives, basil, honey and balsamic; slowly add olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Next remove the green top from the fennel and shave the bulb allowing the shaved parts to fall into a pie plate full of ice water to crisp the shavings. What ever method you want to use, chop the hazel nuts. I have a Progress-o Chopper in among my kitchen arsenal.
In a large bowl gently toss tender greens, crisp fennel, toasted hazelnut, add some salt and pepper to taste. Next add 2 tbsp. of the vinaigrette together with the leafy greens and incorporate well.
Plate the leafy greens mixture. Place cubed watermelon on salad mix, about 5 to 7 cubed pieces. Crumble goat cheese on top. Finish with drizzled vinaigrette around salad.
If you desire to add meat to this salad, cook up 12 to 16 oz. of pork bacon; but not crispy. Cut each strip into 5 or 6 slices. Top the bacon after adding watermelon and then top with goat cheese.
Take this salad to your next Pot Luck or Summer Picnic in the Park and nobody will stop talking about the person who brought that tasty and delectable salad.
This recipe adopted from: Tender Greens
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