Jacques Pépin's friends Faith Middleton (host of NPR's The Food Schmooze) and veteran publicist Fern Berman once brought a watermelon salad to one of his boules parties. He loved it and was inspired to create this recipe. Although he cuts a small, seedless watermelon into rounds with a melon baller (adding the trimmings to the salad, too, so as not to waste them), you can also chop the watermelon into cubes.
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 8-pound seedless watermelon, scooped into balls with a melon baller or cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks 10 cups chilled
My friend made this (sans olives) for lunch and served it on a bed of fresh spinach. Fantastic!
July 08, 2011
My Aunt made this salad without the olives and it was a surprise hit! Very refreshing on a hot day. Not spicy, even with Tobasco sauce. Just a very different and tasty combination of foods that don't sound like they would be good together, but are amazing.