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January 06, 2011

Watermelon, Feta and Pomegranate salad

This summer salad just screams: " Eat me now!" If you don't have a sweet and firm watermelon though, don't bother.

Watermelon, feta and pomegranate salad with balsamic dressing

For the salad:

  • ¼ big watermelon, sliced in triangles and pips removed ( what a treat)
  • 50g good quality feta, sliced
  • ½ pomegranate
  • Handful of mint, chiffonaded ( rolled up and thinly sliced)  
  • 40g rocket
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • Maldon salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing:
  • 35 ml good balsamic vinegar
  • 5ml Dijon mustard
  • 60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

    1. Here’s the easy way to get pips out of a pomegranate: slice it in half vertically and remove as much of the white membrane as you can see. Now turn it upside down in your hand, with the fleshy side facing your cupped palm. Now tap it sharply with the back of a heavy knife or a good wooden spoon. The pips will fall out into your palm. You might have to stop every now and then to remove a little more membrane.
    2. Arrange the watermelon on a platter and sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds, radish slices and mint. Top with rocket ( dress it in a little olive oil first)
    3. Sprinkle Maldon salt over a give a good grind of black pepper.
    4. For the dressing, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and mustard then gradually add the olive oil. Season to taste and drizzle a little over the salad, serving the remainder on the side. 

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