It is officially summer and I am enjoying using all the seasonal ingredients. I have started seeing tons of places serving watermelon salad and I love the idea of using fruit in savory dishes. I decided to put my own spin on it.
4 Cups cubed seedless watermelon
2-3 thai chilies
Juice of one lime
2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (mint would also work well)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 pound fresh feta cheese
In a bowl whisk together lime juice, vinegar, chopped pepper (seeded), salt and pepper. Pour moisture over watermelon. Then, add the cilantro and mix. Salad is topped with feta when serving. If the cheese sits in the dressing too long it will break apart and dissolve. Salad holds well in the fridge. Add feta cheese before serving.
When I made this at home, I was lucky to be able to pair it with an amazing gluten free beer. Before I went gluten free I always enjoyed a good beer. Not many good gluten free versions have been created. In Philly, there is a large number of at home brewers making some fantastic craft beer. I am very lucky to have a great friend that decided to experiment with a gluten free recipe. When I tried it, I was shocked. It was similar to a Walt Wit which is a citrusy wheat beer. It was light and crisp with hints of orange and spice. I must admit that having a friend really go above and beyond makes me feel very lucky. I am excited to see what he comes up with next and I hope that it will be sold in stores one day for anyone to try.