It’s National Watermelon Day! Woohoo! I’m so excited to celebrate this significant holiday that definitely isn’t sponsored by the Watermelon Board!! But seriously, are gone the days when a Thursday could just be a Thursday and not “International Low-Fat Cheese Day” or something else benign?
Having said that….here’s a watermelon recipe. Ahhhh-the hypocrisy! Wait, though, it gets even worse. This isn’t even a particularly original watermelon recipe. If your eyes are rolling to the back of your head and you’re mumbling “this bitch” under your breathe while reading this: I get it, it’s fine, you can leave now and smear my name on your social media.
I was thinking about what (if anything) I wanted to make to celebrate this special holiday and, although I could have brainstormed a little more to think of something to take over the blogosphere by storm, I just wanted to make something that I wanted to eat. And today, I want something that I can eat with one hand, with a cocktail in the other, while running my mouth and talking shit with my galpals.
Watermelon Feta Skewers (An Ode to Fake Holidays)
Recipe Type: Salad/Hors d’oeuvre
Author: Maggie Rouen
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 6 side salad servings
Quick and easy Summer salad (or skewers) to throw together and impress your friends
4 cups cubed watermelon
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, washed (additional for garnish)
8 oz unsalted Cow’s milk feta, 1/2 inch cubes
2 tbs. olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
white pepper to taste
Black sesame seeds to garnish
Add avocado meat, olive oil 1/4 cup mint leaves and cilantro leaves to blender. Blend until creamy, smooth consistency, set aside
If making skewers, alternate between adding watermelon, feta and mint leaves
If making a salad, gently mix watermelon, feta and mint leaves until incorporated
Add avocado cream to bottom of serving plate (or toss into salad), arrange skewers on top and drizzle with additional olive oil, salt and black sesame seeds–if desired
P.S. I’m drinking Michel Vattan 2015 Cuvée Calcaire (a crisp, crackly, mineral-rich, fruity Sancerre) with this. It’s not too acidic, which lends itself to easy drinking and it’s only about $20 and it drinks like it’s a looooot more expensive. But, if you can’t find it–no worries. Any crisp, not-too-oaky white (or rosé) would be great.