Sunday, June 27, 2010

Bessie's Watermelon Salad

You can be assured that the girls don't always tolerate the heat too well on these hot summer days. It's on those insufferable humid days that Bessie makes up a batch of her famous Watermelon Salad. Here, for the first time, Bessie and Bea are sharing this family recipe with the world. Get your pens out and keep a copy in your safe deposit boxes!

Bessie's Watermelon Salad
1 small red onion
2 limes
3.3 lb (1.5 kg) sweet, ripe seedless watermelon
1 cup feta cheese, cut up in chunks
Fresh cilantro bunch, chopped
1/4 cup Fresh mint, chopped
3–4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup black olives
black pepper

Squeeze juice out of limes and put into small bowl. Cut red onion in half and then cut into very fine half moons and steep in lime juice.

Cut up watermelon into bite-sized chunks and place in wide, shallow bowl. Cut up feta into small bite-size chunks and add to watermelon. Finely chop mint and cilantro. Save a few Cilantro leaves to garnish top of salad. Add onion along with lime juice to watermelon. Add oil and olives. Toss salad very gently so that the feta and melon don't lose their shape. Add a good grinding of black pepper.
Bea says to serve Bessie's Watermelon Salad with pasta and a creamy Alfredo sauce.
Delicious and refreshing!

Yields 8 servings

Bessie & Bea xox