Sunday, May 29, 2005

Thai watermelon salad to beat the heat



It's so warm and sunny in Manhattan today so I made a big watermelon salad for lunch. Finding all the ingredients in my kitchen was a bit of a drag but the sweet and spicy flavour combo in the Naked Chef's very summery Thai watermelon salad recipe was just delicious. The mint and cilantro blast a wonderful freshness to the salad so make sure you don't skip these two greens in the recipe.

Serves 4
1/4 watermelon
2 handfuls of fresh cilantro, leaves picked
2 handfuls of arugula
2 handfuls of fresh mint, leaves picked
1 small bunch of radishes, finely sliced
a handful of peanuts or sunflower seeds
4 oz feta cheese

For the dressing
a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 red, 1 yellow and 1 green chilli, deseed and finely sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
6 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 3-4 limes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Remove the skin from the watermelon and cut the flesh into small cubes, removing as many seeds as you can be bothered to. Place the cilantro in a bowl with the arugula, mint, watermelon and radishes. Put the ginger, chilli, soy sauce, olive oil and sesame oil into a smaller bowl and add just enough lime juice to cut through the oil - the number of limes you will use depend on how juicy they are. Season to taste and make sure the dressing is well-balanced.

Place your peanuts or sunflower seeds in the oven or in a pan and warm through, then roughly pound them up in a pestle and mortar or in a metal bowl using the end of a rolling-pin. Dress the salad really quickly. Divide between the plates, sprinkly over the hot peanuts or sunflower seeds and crumble the feta cheese over the top.

Enjoy with a glass of chilled ginger lemonade.

12 Comments:

Blogger gs said...

that is a combination i have not tried.with chilled ginger lemonade.gb will have to be trained.
but the watermelon is gorgeous during the heat.the red variety.there is the green variety too.i had plenty of the red wm juice when i was in orissa last week.49.2 ccelsius was the day temperature!.you need tons of water melon to keep you alive in that sort of heat.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi appa
i made the ginger lemonade using "adrak nimboo" syrup which i had bought from home d'elite, the small food shop in breach candy (next to premsons/amarsons) that sells a variety of paans, healthy snacks etc. it's really strong so a lot of water is needed.

8:44 AM  
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huh what was that???!!!

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Blogger Lulu said...

a new form of makreting/PR, i guess :)

4:34 PM  
Blogger T said...

ooh that sounds so good! i usually just eat watermelon alone or with a bit of lemon juice and cumin, but i'll have to try this out.

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