Watermelon Salad with Stracchino cheese & Micro Cresses

Watermelon Salad with Stracchino cheese & Micro Cresses

watermelon salad

Flaming pink, like the legs of a healthy flamingo, I don’t think you’d be much surprised to know that watermelons are reputed to deliver Viagra like effects to the blood vessels and increase libido. I’d imagine the science is yet to be sold as fact or in tablet form, and that in order to have the effects desired an enormous quantity of watermelon must be consumed. I have no problem with that.

Watermelon is the quintessential South African  summer fruit and if our warm months are to be defined by a fruit, watermelon would be it, if anything for it’s ability to tug at the nostalgic heartstrings. Picture this- spicy lamb chops sizzling on the braai, cold baked bean salad, warm rolls and wedges of chilled watermelon, the juice running down elbows and high pitched squeals of delight as brother and sister compete in a game of who can spit the seeds farthest: portrait of a childhood in Natal in December.

As we move into Autumn, and the days still remain hot and the nights balmy, I’m clinging to the watermelon for a while longer yet. It is still in season and available to enjoy.

I have made varieties of the Watermelon Salad with Vodka Mint  dressing as made popular by Chef Stefan Marais of Societi Bistro ; this is an adaptation of that.

I was recently given some amazing micro watercresses, a Dutch product with flavours such as cumin, liquorice and garlic and used them to garnish this salad and contrast with the sweetness of the watermelon.

cumin, liquorice and garlic cress

The ribbons of cheese used are a stracchino style one which is fresh, milky and slightly salty, made by Cape Town darlings and producers of fine, authentic Italian cheeses, Puglia. Crema di balsamico and a few drops of olive oil bring the salad together.

drizzled with crema di balsamico

Ingredients

650g watermelon, cut into wedges or strips

10 shavings stracchino cheese (or use goat’s milk feta or ordinary feta)

handful micro cresses (alternatively lay on a bed of regular watercress)

1 tsp olive oil

crema di balsamico to drizzle

Method

Arrange watermelon on a serving platter.

Scatter cheese and cresses.

Drizzle with olive oil and crema di balsamico.

assorted micro cress

watermelon salad


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By | 2017-05-08T13:06:28+00:00 March 21st, 2011|Food, Recipe Index, Recipes, Salads & Dressings, Starters|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. nina March 22, 2011 at 3:08 am - Reply

    With the severe heatwave we\ve been experiencing this salad is spot on. I think Stefan Marais should watch his back, Isha is comming!!!

  2. Ming-Cheau March 22, 2011 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Even though it’s chilly today, I’d give anything for a sample of that!

  3. PinkPolkaDot March 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I loooove watermelon and this salad looks wonderful – I love the micro watercress!! Where can I get some?

  4. Jamie June 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    You described my watermelon childhood in Florida, my hot country! We loved it! And this is a fabulous salad! And you always do it up pretty 🙂 xo

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