Watermelon and arugula salad

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This is one of my favourite summer salads smoky pine nuts and mint make  it special.   Peppery arugula is paired with sweet watermelon. The salad also has rings of summer sweet Vidalia onions and crunchy, smoky pine nuts.

Serves 4 as a side

 

4 cups of baby arugula, washed and dried

2½ cups watermelon, cubed

½ large, very * 2 Tbsp. of fresh mint (do not use dried. If you do not have it omit, but it adds punch).

3 tbsp. pine nuts (you may use walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or almonds instead)

 

Right before serving, toss the salad with a scant tbsp. of classic French vinaigrette.

 

Squeeze the juice of one fresh lime (Use two if the lime if not juicy) over the salad and toss again with 3 tbsp. of pine nuts.

 

Recipe for vinaigrette:

Place in an attractive jar:

2/3 cup of good red wine vinegar

1 cup plus 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard or 2 tsp. dry mustard

2 tsp. sugar or natural sweetener of your choice

1 peeled and crushed clove of garlic

*Chiffonade is a classic French cooking term. It means finely sliced leaves of herbs, lettuces, etc. Stack and roll them into a tight little tube, so you can then cut them easily with a sharp knife into pretty thin strips or “rags.” That word in French is “chiffe,” which gives us “chiffon” and “chiffonade.”

 

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Watermelon, cucumber and feta salad with lime

WatermelonfetasaladClick on top title to open  There is nothing more refreshing than a cool summer salad. Watermelon is usually served for dessert, but it becomes savory and fresh in this salad. Make it in minutes and serve it with chicken, fish, or beef – anything you can toss onto a grill. It is particularly delicious with spicy grilled prawns. I like it for lunch too, and then I simply add more feta.

Serves 4-6 

Combine:

4 cups of cubed watermelon

3 cups of peeled and cubed cucumber

(If you wish use small pickling cucumbers or English cucumbers, seeding is unnecessary. It is also optional to peel English cucumbers, if you scrub the peel well.)

½ to ¾ cup of diced sweet onion

1 half thinly-sliced bulb of fennel

Juice from 2 limes squeezed over the vegetables

 Toss 

Salt to taste and add just a dash of cayenne if you wish or add optional fruit vinegar dressing. 

Place the well-chilled salad on a platter or in individual serving dishes. 

Sprinkle with 1 cup of crumbled feta. Use a nice creamy type. 

Optional: Top with fresh mint or lemon thyme.

 

Optional dressing for those who prefer a more “dressed salad”:

 

Fruit vinegar dressing

½ cup light fruit vinegar such as raspberry or orange-Muscat

1 tbsp. honey

1tsp dry mustard

Mix well

Add ½ cup good olive oil and blend well pour lightly over salad before serving

 

 

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Arugula, watermelon, and mint salad

Fresh salad of peppery greens with a hit of fresh mint!This light bright salad is one of my summer favourites. It is low in calories due to the oil dressing, and it is delicious. Add a ¼ cup of feta cheese or a tablespoon or two of hemp seeds to the salad to make it a light and healthful lunch. Watermelon and tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is full of anti-aging benefits. It’s also very good for your skin.
 
Wash and dry 2 cups of baby arugula
Wash a half cup of grape or cherries tomatoes
Slice ½ medium sweet onion
Cube 1½ cups of watermelon
1 tbsp. well rinsed fresh mint, chopped
Lime vinaigrette
Juice 2 limes
Crust 1 clove of garlic
½ tsp. mustard
½ tsp. salt
½ cup wine vinegar
2 tbsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. stevia in the raw
Shake together
Optional:
Hemp seeds/feta cheese to top salad
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Eat for beauty

Did you know that sweet tasty watermelon is a natural beauty booster? Well, darlings it is. Watermelon is full of Vitamins C and A, and beta-carotene. Vitamin C is necessary to build collagen and keep you skin from sagging. So always be sure to get plenty of it in your diet. It also speeds healing. Watermelon is also rich in lycopene, as are all red, pink, and yellow fruits and vegetables. Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps protect your body against cancer and heart disease. It also helps to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol. The benefits of lycopene are well documented. Watermelon is also full of water, making it perfect for dieters at only 48 calories a cup. Studies show that eating water-saturated fiber-rich foods significantly aids any sensible weight loss plan.

 
So, enjoy cool sweet watermelon as a snack or in a salad during these last wonderful weeks of summer.
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Watermelon and gin…

Fresh watermelon juice, gin, and a hit of lime --so resfreshingWe love the elegance of a proper cocktail. Summer is the perfect time for something light and bright to linger over as the sun sets. We made this pretty pink drink with fresh watermelon juice, G’Vine French Luxury Gin, a dash of fresh lime and simple syrup, and a fizz of club soda. 
 
We chose G’Vine because it a light tasty gin distilled from grapes with a softer-than-usual juniper flavour. In the Cognac region of France in mid-June, the rare green grape flower blossoms before ripening into little grapes. Those flowers, ginger root, licorice, green cardamom, coriander, cassia bark, cubeb berries, nutmeg, lime and juniper berries are combined with distilled neutral grape sprit from the region to make G’Vine Gin. It is the result of a careful process. Each bottle is individually numbered.
 
2 ounces G’ Vine Floraison gin or light botanical based gin or vodka
3 ounces of fresh watermelon juice
Mix with ice in a tall glass
Add the juice from half a lime and 1 to 2 tsp of simple syrup
Fill with soda and stir
Garnish with a slice of lime or frozen ball or cubes of watermelon
 
Remember: Wash all citrus fruit before using. It is often filthy, with dangerous bacteria on the rind. Use soap and water, and rinse well!
 
To make simple syrup
 
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
 
Place ingredients small heavy pan. Bring to boil, do not burn yourself. Dissolve sugar. Cool. Store in clean jar in the fridge for mixed drinks. Useful.
 
To make watermelon juice
Wash melons before slicing to avoid possible bacteria contamination
Place 4-6 cups of cubed seedless watermelon in a blender or food processor and process. Let sit 15- 30 minutes. Strain and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days at most.
 
You can make this in a pitcher for parties, but measure.
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