Watermelon Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients

Citrus vinaigrette:
1 cup watermelon juice
½ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup lime juice
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the salad:
1 bunch fresh basil
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup hazelnuts
2 pounds watermelon, cubed
4 cups mixed greens, slightly torn
½ pound cucumber, cubed
½ pound java apples, shaved
3 radishes, shaved
½ pound French feta, crumbled
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
Cayman Sea Salt

To make the vinaigrette, blend all the ingredients until combined. Place in a clean container until ready to use.

To create the salad, blend the basil and olive oil for about 3 minutes. Strain the oil through a fine mesh strainer but do not force through the mesh, you just want the oil to drip out, leaving the solids behind. Once the oil has drained, discard the solids.

Preheat an oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the hazelnuts on a sheet pan lined with parchment  in an even layer. Toast for 6-8 minutes, or until gold brown. Take care not to over toast. As a general rule of thumb, if you can smell the hazelnuts’ toasted fragrance while the oven is closed, then they are most likely burnt. Once toasted, allow to cool and lightly crush.

Place the watermelon in a vacuum sealable bag and add ½ cup of the vinaigrette. Vacuum press the watermelon until compressed. This will depend on the system you have but vacuum pressing the watermelon is optional.

Combine mixed greens, cucumbers, shaved java apples, and shaved radishes in a mixing bowl and dress with the vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper. Divide the dressed salad between the plates. Place the compressed watermelon, French feta and hazelnuts onto the salad. Drizzle the basil oil over the salad and finish with Cayman Sea Salt.

Recipe courtesy of The Brasserie

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