It hardly seems necessary to give you a recipe for a salad, but this combination of flavors is sodelicious, it would have felt unkind not to share. I came home from the market last week and immediately made this giant salad for myself. If you’re adverse to heat, feel free to deseed the jalapeno or leave it out entirely.
This recipe is not precise, but that’s purposeful. A watermelon salad for a lazy summer afternoon shouldn’t be too exacting, it should feel effortless and relaxed. Make up a bowl to share, or just for yourself and enjoy. This would also be nice dotted with a little bit of goat’s cheese, but I’ve kept this simple and vegan.
Watermelon Basil Salad with “Pickled” Onions and Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Add the watermelon, basil and blueberries to a wide, shallow bowl and toss gently with your hands to combine. Scatter the pickled onions over the top.
To make the dressing, whisk a tablespoon of olive oil with as much of the red wine vinegar used to pickle the onions as you like, plus the jalapeno. Drizzle over the salad. Add a generous pinch of flaky sea salt and a good sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper and enjoy.
Serves 2-3 normal people or one very greedy person.