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OK, Jilly Gets Spiritual in the Kitchen – Over Herbs

August 3, 2012

Watermelon Salad 

When hot summer days come along, sometimes Jilly simply craves the simplicity and juiciness of watermelon. Oh – ya! The other day in the kitchen, with a variety of lettuce in the fridge, and a big chunk of watermelon peeping out, this recipe arrived to cool everyone off by suppertime. 

You will need:

¼  watermelon, cut into 1” cubes

Combination of shredded lettuce – red leaf, green leaf, iceberg, romaine – whatever your preference

1-2 Tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

½ red onion – sliced

1 carrot – julienned

½ English cucumber – cut into a variety of pieces. Cucumber loves to be made into an art form. Use your imagination!

Fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley, chives, mint – whatever your back yard garden or patio deck contains. Always cut herbs gently as fresh herbs are fragile. Send a prayer of gratitude to the Creator for such little treasures on earth, as fresh herbs certainly come from heaven. Well, in our climate, we really do appreciate such bounty when we can add fresh herbs to our favourite dishes through our brief summer time. Jilly is most grateful for small things that make her kitchen and her table happy.

Insert AMEN here! 

Ok – on with the recipe. Pardon Jilly’s digression. And there`s no transgression in loving your kitchen or herbs too much! 

Dressing:  

1/3 c. virgin olive oil

¼ c. white balsamic vinegar, or champagne vinegar, when you can find it

(Here’s a trick- champagne vinegar is one of the subtlest of vinegars – makes for a really nice layer of flavour to a home-made dressing)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp. honey – preferably from Jilly`s home province of Saskatchewan, Canada, that`s known for its honey. Not trying to influence you here or anything.

1-2 cloves garlic, smashed

Mix all of the above in a small container and let cool and meld in the fridge for 20” or so. 

Fill a salad spinner with lettuce and greens of your choice. Add lemon juice and let the lettuce soak for a few minutes.

Here’s another little tip: adding lemon juice to lettuce will freshen up the taste and also help shred any sand or soil the lettuce may have come with.

Spin the lettuce and then dry in a kitchen towel or paper towel.

Toss the greens into a nice, decorative salad bowl.

Layer with onion, carrot, cucumber, and additional veggies you like.

Lightly layer with freshly chopped herbs. And say Amen again for such bounty of the summer.

Toss with dressing then serve with your favourite BBQ dish.

Have a very cool summer:)

From  Jilly’s kitchen to yours – Enjoy!

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3 Comments
  1. It looks so refreshing! Think i might try this one out on a hot day. Thanks!

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