Sunday, August 7, 2011

Watermelon What?

Watermelon Salad

6 cups of cubed watermelon, seeds removed (about 3/4 of a small, seedless melon) - or you could make melon balls for a fancier presentation
1/4 cup diced onion – I used fresh-from-the-farmers-market green onions but any onion is fine
1/2 cup diced or crumbled ricotta salata – the original recipe most often called for Feta and a crumbly blue would work nicely, too
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/8 tsp chipotle or chile powder
Gently toss the watermelon, onion, cheese and mint together. In another bowl mix the olive oil, lime juice and chipotle powder together. Just before serving dress the watermelon with the olive oil mixture.

Watermelon Cocktail

2 oz Watermelon juice (as made above)
1 oz Fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 – 3 oz Chilled vodka
1 tsp superfine sugar or simple syrup
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously for about 1 minute until the ingredients are thoroughly chilled.

Pour into a chilled martini-style glass. Enjoy!

You may need to adjust the lime juice and sugar based on the sweetness of the watermelon and your personal taste.

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