Sunday, July 28, 2013

Watermelon-Feta Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle...Farmers Market/Local Food #SundaySupper

This week, #SundaySupper is focused on local and farmers market items. Our host, T.R. Crumbley from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies challenged us to select a locally sourced item or a farmers market item and showcase the item in a Summer recipe. Here in Texas, we're known for our juicy and sweet I knew that was going to be my key ingredient. Here in San Antonio, the largest weekend farmers market is the Pearl Farmers Market at The Pearl Brewery complex. I headed there in search of a watermelon to make my Watermelon-Feta Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle.

I found several versions of watermelon-feta salad online, so I tweaked them and made a couple of changes. I opted to add a bit of basil and finely chopped shallot to the watermelon-feta combo, and I drizzled a sweet-tart pomegranate reduction over the top just before serving. This is an ideal Summer salad...refreshing and unique!

Watermelon-Feta Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle
adapted from Food Network's website

  1. 4 cups diced seedless watermelon
  2. 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  3. 2-3 basil leaves, cut in a chiffonade
  4. 1 tbs. finely diced shallot
  5. 1 8-ounce bottle pomegranate juice
  1. Place the pomegranate juice in a small non-stick saute pan over med-high heat. Bring to a rolling boil and cook until the mixture is reduced to 1/3 cup. This will take about 15-20 minutes. 
  2. Place the watermelon, feta, basil and shallot in a serving bowl. Just before serving, carefully stir to thoroughly combine the ingredients.
  3. When the pomegranate reduction is ready, drizzle it over the top of the salad. This should be done just before you take the salad to the table.

This salad is Summer in a bowl: juicy sweet watermelon, tangy-salty feta, and herbal basil combine for a symphony of flavor. The pomegranate drizzle was the perfect foil for these flavors, providing a sweet-tart punch of flavor. There's only a bit of shallot, but it provide a subtle background flavor that worked well in this salad. With only five ingredients, it's quick to make too.

I hope you are able to join us for our weekly #SundaySupper Twitter chat at 600 CST. In the meantime, make sure to go visit the rest of the #SundaySupper contributors...they are sharing lots of great Summer-ready recipes featuring the best local and farmers market ingredients from all over the country...and beyond!

Appetizers & Salads
Garlic Scape Dip from The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen
Onion Bacon Jam with Bread n' Kale from Gotta Get Baked
Kale & Pepita Pesto from girlichef
Garden Quinoa Salad from The Urban Mrs
Grilled Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad from Pescetarian Journal

Soups & Sides
Watermelon Gazpacho from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
Classic Gazpacho from Curious Cuisiniere
Pea Soup from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Pickled Garlic Scapes from kimchi MOM
Cheesy Zucchini Hodge Podge from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Rustic & Red Rhubarb Beet Plum Chutney from Sue's Nutrition Buzz
Succotash from Magnolia Days
3 Easy Japanese Spinach Recipes from
Michigan-Made Meal with Seasoned Potato Chips from Foxes Love Lemons

Summer Veggie Pizza from Country Girl In The Village
Tomato Pie from The Hand That Rocks The Ladle
Kitchen Sink Vegetable Curry from What Smells So Good?
Margherita Pizza from Growing Up Gabel
Cheesy Zucchini Fritters from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Three Sauces with Summer Herbs to Transform a Simple Grilled Dinner from Cook the Story
Vegetable Quesadillas from Cookin' Mimi
Mushroom Scallion Risotto from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Summer Linguine with Grilled Vegetables from Neighborfood
Pasta alla Norma Nuda from Juanita's Cocina
Lemon Spaghetti with Basil from My Other City By The Bay
Arugula Pizza from Family Foodie

Peach Cobbler from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Coconut Cherry Bars from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Lightened Up Peach and Blueberry Cobbler from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Cherry and Peach Mini Pies from My Cute Bride
Cranachan from Happy Baking Days
Cherry Brandy Cobbler from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Peach Maple Ice Cream from Pies and Plots
Cherry Clafoutis from Food Lust People Love
Roasted Figs with Caramel, Honey Ice Cream and Aged Balsamic from Crazy Foodie Stunts
Peach Ice Cream Paletas from Basic N Delicious
Gluten Free Sour Cherry Cake from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies

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