Summery Strawberry Watermelon Salad

Strawberry Watermelon Salad

🍓🍉🇺🇸 Strawberry Watermelon Salad 🍓🍉🇺🇸
Feta Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Balsamic Glaze

A fantastic seasonal Strawberry Watermelon Salad paired so well with our Memorial Day BBQ of grilled Tri-Tip au Jus and Corn on the Cob, it would be excellent on Flag Day or the 4th of July or really any day for a cookout this summer! ☀️

This salad was inspired by one of the dishes we enjoyed last month at Primal Steakhouse Las Vegas. It was quite a celebration at Primal where they set things on fire and employ lots of smoke in their cocktails and dishes. 🔥

Their Watermelon Salad was surpringly fresh and delightful, a perfect counterbalance to all the rich smoky foods including bone marrow shanks, bacony seared scallops, four cheese lobster mac, smoked NY steak, and more.

The service was super-fun and super-friendly. The themed atmosphere was charmingly mysterious and medieval. Guests are fully encouraged to unsheathe and pose with the assorment of swords from a coat of arms hanging on the wall, as well as take pics wearing helmets fashioned from the middle ages!

Themed restaurants unfortunately can vary widely in the quality of their food. This one impressed us by offering delicious upscale food and entertaining service, as well as a unique and memorable dining experience.

And while our dessert crème brûlée was set ablaze, the server handed me a heavy 4-foot-sword to heave into the air while all the folks in the dining room sang “happy birthday” and finished with “off with his head!”

Primal Steakhouse Las Vegas

Primal Steakhouse Las Vegas

Strawberry Watermelon Salad Recipe

Strawberry Watermelon Salad

Ingredients
    • spring lettuce mix
    • strawberries, sliced
    • watermelon, cubed
    • dijon vinaigrette (Jacques’s recipe here)
    • sliced almonds, toasted
    • feta cheese, crumbled
    • balsamic glaze (buy it here or make it here)
    • sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Strawberry Watermelon Salad

Method

Gently toss lettuces, strawberries, and watermelon with a light amount of vinaigrette. (Don’t use too much dressing because the salad will also be dressed with the balsamic glaze).

Top with toasted almonds and feta. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top. A beautiful whole strawberry makes a perfect garnish.

Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc

Summery Wine Pairing

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of six white Rhône and Rhone-adjacent varieties: Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Vermentino, and Bourboulenc, with fruit from eight top Rhone vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality.

Like many white wines from the Southern Rhône, it is based on the crisp acids and rich mouthfeel of Grenache Blanc, with Viognier for floral, tropical aromatics and luscious stone fruit flavors, Roussanne and Marsanne for structure and spice, and additions of Vermentino and Bourboulenc for brightness and texture.

2023 Tasting Notes

A plush nose equally balanced between Grenache Blanc and Viognier: apricot and ripe pear, oyster shell minerality, and a little pithy note. On the palate, white grapefruit and honeycrisp apple, anise, chamomile, orange oil, and a chalky mineral note on the finish. Lovely acids.

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