I am off on holiday soon, so I won’t be updating the blog for a few weeks, But I am hoping for lots of new inspiration and to pick up some new ideas whilst wondering around the fabulous markets in the South of France. The over-whelming variety of fruits and vegetables, the colours and the smells are always so exciting and stimulating.
With all the fabulous Summer fruits around at Riverford at the moment, I decided to pay homage and have just done three fruit recipes this week. The first is a really refreshing salad of Watermelon, Feta, Broad Beans and Mint. Not only does it look stunning with its clashing colours of pink and lime green but it really works too, the salty feta complimenting the sweet watermelon. A perfect salad for a perfect summers day.
Watermelon Salad with Broad Beans, Feta, Red Onion and Mint
½ a red onion, peeled and very finely sliced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
200g broad beans (shelled)
350g seedless watermelon, rind removed
200g Feta, crumbled
Fresh mint leaves, shredded
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Put the red onion in a bowl with the vinegar and leave to macerate. Blanch broad in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes until just tender. Drain, then refresh under cold water. Peel the broad beans to remove skins. Set aside.
Cut the watermelon into bite sized chunks. Dress with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper, then scatter with mint. Add the red onion and the vinegar to the juices of the water melon. Crumble in the feta, add the broad beans and serve.