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Watermelon & Arugula Salad

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Food-Travels.com brings you a wonderful salad which combines the sweetness of watermelon the peppery flavor of arugula. Arugula is also known as rucola, rugola or rocket. The sharpness of Parmesan cheese contrasts with the sweet tomatoes and fresh cucumber. It's a refreshing salad for a warm summer afternoon - for which many are predicted this year.
Ingredients
  Watermelon 1 Small (or 1/2 Large)
  Salt To Taste
  Arugula 2 Bunch (200 gm)
  Pepper To Taste
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Balsamic vinegar 2 Tablespoon
  Tomatoes 4
  Cucumber 1 Small
  Honey 1 Tablespoon
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Chili oil 1 Tablespoon
  Parmesan cheese wedge 1 Small
  Mint leaves 12 Large
Directions

1. Cut the watermelon in wedges as shown in the photo making 6 triangles. Cover them with plastic wrap & keep cold until we're ready to finish the dish.
2. Put a 2 liter pot of water up to boil.
3. Remove the top & cut out the green core of the tomatoes. Make a small 'X' into the skin on the underside of each tomato (cutting only through the skin).
4. Using the remaining watermelon, chop-up 300 grams and puree it in a blender.
5. Place the puree on the stove over medium heat until it reduces by 2/3. Remove and add the lemon juice, honey and chili oil to your taste. Season with salt/pepper and put it in the frigo with the watermelon.
6. When the water boils, toss in the tomatoes and fill a large bowl with 1 liter of cold tap water.
7. Leave the tomatoes in the hot water for 10-20 seconds until the skin begins to loosen, then transfer to the cold water.
8. You should now be able to peel, seed and chop the tomatoes as shown in the photo.
9. Peel and seed the cucumber & chop into the same size as the tomatoes. Chop the mint and combine half with the tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon reduction.
10. Wash and dry the arugula then toss it with an amount of olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and salt/fresh pepper to suit your taste.
11. Arrange the watermelon on the plates as to create a sort of cage in which to mound-up the arugula.
12. Spoon the tomato/cucumber mix around the plate and shave the parmesan cheese randomly over the plate. Finish with fresh ground black pepper.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Dish: 
Salad
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Servings: 
2
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Watermelon & Arugala Salad

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8 Comments

sumoanand's picture
looks gud..
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
nice summer salad.......nice picture!
Chefmdg's picture
Thanks guys!
Lovetocookalot's picture
this looks so wonderful, what great salad for a hot day
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
I will have to try this one looks great refreshing will go along at any BBQThe Tortilla Guy
audra's picture
Cool..
khau.khan's picture
i could snatch this from my laptop screen - wow - chef i am sold on your skills Bon Appetite!
xxsweetsosoxx's picture
this looks so nice,i will try it tomorow for my kids