A fresh, cooling summer dish featuring watermelon’s savory side.
Wonderfully cool and crunchy, watermelon is truly the perfect summer food.
Refreshingly delicious, it keeps you hydrated while offering a good dose of potassium and lycopene. And while biting into a freshly cut slice on a hot day is one of those simple summer pleasures, it’s also equally tasty paired with more savory flavors, making it a multitasking kind of fruit.
Combine sweet watermelon, with fresh baby spinach, slippery zucchini noodles and the freshness of mint and basil and you’ve got the makings of a dish that’s a welcome addition to any summer menu. It’s tough to think of a better dinner on a warm evening, and this is just the kind of dish I want to dig into at a picnic or barbeque.
This dish relies on fresh ingredients that deliver big flavors when married together in the simplest of fashion.
You start with a base of tender baby spinach, topped with tender zucchini noodles slicked with bits of black olives and chopped basil. Triangles of juicy watermelon are next in line as is a sprinkling of fresh mint. The final flourish are warm slice of grilled halloumi cheese and a pinch of sea salt to tie it all together.
Saltly black olives and Halloumi cheese bring out the sweetness in the watermelon, amplifying its flavor, while the lime vinaigrette provides acidity and liveliness and the herbs a fresh counterpoint to both the salty and sweet flavors.
It’s quick and casual and just the kind of thing you’ll find yourself craving on a hot day.
How do you like to eat watermelon?