When I was younger, my grandparents used to house college exchange students. One of the girls that lived with them for a while was from Japan. I only saw her when I visited my grandparents in the summer, but one of my only memories from hanging out with her was how to say the word watermelon in Japanese; Suika.
I think, once, I learned how to say it I just went around pronouncing watermelon in Japanese because it was the only Japanese word I knew. It’s a fun memory to have though because watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits and happens to be a locally grown product.
Living in the Valley, we have some friends that grow watermelons and I always loved the days when my dad would come home with them. There were also a few times I may or may not have gone straight out to a field and picked one myself. Oops!
There were some hot days in the summer when all I would eat was watermelon. It is just so tasty and fills me up. Recently though I have tried to jazz up my watermelon a bit by adding either salt or basil or other flavors. Most recently I had a Watermelon and Blueberry Salad with Mint, Goat Cheese, and Basil.
I was skeptical of this recipe for a few reasons. 1). I am not the biggest fresh mint fan, so I was unsure of how much I would actually want to put in my salad and how intense the flavor would be. 2). Goat Cheese with watermelon?! Seriously this was a thing? I was unsure but willing to try.
Recipe for this is super simple and takes about 5 minutes to put everything together.
1) Place small chunks of watermelon and a handful of blueberries in a bowl.
2) Sprinkle on top some goat cheese and as much mint as you like
3) Drizzle a little bit of balsamic vinegar on top.
Like I said, super quick and easy. In addition to being easy to make, this salad should be a go to in your household because it doesn’t require any cooking!
With the heat blazing down in the valley no one wants to turn on his or her oven. Having a dish like this is great to take to a party or make for lunch at home without raising the heat.
As I mentioned before, I was very skeptical of this dish, but once I tried it I LOVED it! Each ingredient in the salad has it’s own distinct flavor yet balances perfectly when combined with one another. The goat cheese softened the acidy of the balsamic while the mint was masked just slightly by the watermelon.
So far this week, I have made this salad three times and I have just enough ingredients to make it one more time!
Next time you are at the grocery store pick up these ingredients and give it a try!