Nothing beats a cool salad with a zesty vinaigrette.
SUMMER MELON AND BERRY SALAD WITH WATERMELON VINAIGRETTE
Prep Time: 1½ Hours
Yields: 4 Servings
On a hot summer day nothing beats a crisp, cool salad with a zesty vinaigrette. Incorporate our favorite summertime fruits into both the salad and the dressing, and you have a showstopper on your hands. For an extra treat consider adding boiled shrimp to this salad.
Ingredients for Vinaigrette:
2 cups red watermelon, cubed and seeded
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Method for Vinaigrette:
In bowl of a food processor, add cubed melon and purée until smooth. Strain and transfer liquid to a medium glass bowl, discarding solid. Add vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper then stir until well dissolved. Set dressing aside.
Ingredients for Salad:
1 cup cubed and seeded red watermelon
1 cup cubed and seeded yellow watermelon
1 cup cubed and seeded cantaloupe
1 cup cubed and seeded honeydew melon
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup fresh raspberries
½ cup finely sliced red onions
pinch red pepper flakes
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, shredded
1 cup crumbled feta cheese, optional
Method for Salad:
In a large glass bowl, combine melons, berries, onions and pepper flakes. Top with prepared vinaigrette and marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator. Stir gently every 15 minutes. Before serving, add spinach leaves and toss to coat. Serve salad in soup bowls topped with feta cheese if desired.
Recipe courtesy of Chef John Folse