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Easy Family Recipes: Strawberry-Watermelon Salad

Strawberry Watermelon SaladEvery summer, I look for new salad recipes in the hopes of improving my repetoire and adding something fun beyond my usual romaine with Italian dressing. This salad brings terrific sweetness from the fruit, with a bit of tang from the vinagrette. I absolutely love the flavor of sherry vinegar, but it can be a little pricey and sometimes tough to find. Instead, you can easily substitute red or white wine vinegar if you prefer. Shallots are a smaller, sweeter, much less pungent member of the onion family and help to balance the sweetness and the tang to keep everything kid friendly. If you want to make your salad a wee bit more grown-up, add a bit of soft goat cheese to the mix. This week, enjoy summer in a bowl!

 

Summer Loving Strawberry & Watermelon Salad

Servings: 4

  • 2 cups quartered and cleaned strawberries
  • 2 cups diced watermelon (yellow and red, if available)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh basil
  • 1 handful arugula
  • Sherry vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup candied walnuts or pecans
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese (optional)

Sherry Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup sherry vinegar (can susbstitute red or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

To make vinaigrette, bring vinegar and honey to a boil in small sauce pan. In small mixing bowl, pour hot vinegar mixture over shallots and let cool to room temperature. Once cooled, whisk olive oil with shallots and add salt and pepper to taste.

In a large mixing bowl add strawberries, watermelon, basil and arugula. Gently add drizzle of mixed vinaigrette over strawberries, watermelon, basil and arugula mixture. Toss and season lightly with salt and pepper, plate on desired serving platter or into bowls, then top with nuts and cheese (optional) to serve.

Recipe adapted from the California Strawberry Board

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