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Celebrate Your 4th of July with this Refreshing Watermelon Salad!

Fresh, Cool and Delicious!

This seasonal Watermelon Salad is bound to set off fireworks-of taste this 4th of July, and all summer long!

Watermelon Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This recipe celebrates summer with juicy sweet watermelon, crisp watercress, and a French inspired vinaigrette.

Yields 6 servings

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds 6 cups seeded watermelon cubes, about 1- inch in size 1/4 cup Italian parsley leaves 1/2 cup scallions, sliced 1/2 cup fresh chervil tops

1-1 ½ cups Apple Cider Vinaigrette, recipe below 6 cups watercress leaves (about 1 large bunch) Directions:

In a large bowl, toss half of the sesame seeds, the watermelon, parsley, scallions, and chervil with the Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Divide the watercress between 6 chilled salad plates and place the watermelon salad on top.

Sprinkle with the reserved sesame seeds and serve immediately.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Made in the French style, this recipe incorporates tart vinegar, with fresh fruit juice for a refreshing addition to any salad


3 shallots, minced

1 garlic clove, minced 2 teaspoons grained Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey, or to taste 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup extra virgin olive oil Sea salt, to taste

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste


In a small bowl, combine the shallots, garlic, mustard, honey, vinegar, and lemon juice.

Whisk in the oil by slowly pouring it into the bowl in a steady stream. The vinaigrette should be thick. If oil has settled on the top-continue to whisk until well combined.

Adjust with salt and pepper to taste and additional honey if too tart.

From Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent by Jennifer Hill Booker, © 2014 Jennifer Hill Booker, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

Chef Jennifer's

Cooking Tips:


Plan your menu around your grocer's weekly sales ad. Your ingredients will be in stock, in season, and on sale!


Shop, Cook & Eat Seasonally. In-season produce is fresh, inexpensive, and tasty!


Cook Once & Eat Twice. Cook a double batch of dishes like soups, beans and chili-for those days you don't feel like cooking!

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