Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Watermelon Salad

Hopefully, finding a copy of the July 2008 issue of Southern Living, in the free pile at a library, was a good sign. My sister, a South Carolina resident for the past six years, assures me that I am going to stick out like a sore thumb. She has failed to realize that I have the guidance of some rather awesome women.

While studying my beloved issue of Southern Living, I came across a recipe that features watermelon and Gorgonzola. Cheese and chocolate can be blamed for my ample thighs, but darn it (see, see, sister, Jennifer, I am curbing my tongue), I can't wait to make a bowl of this salad.

By the way, pecans are my very favorite type of nut. This goes back to junior high when Susan Henry's* mom baked pecan tassies. Susan brought them in her lunch bag, and my longing look, caused her to share. After school I raced home (sounds better than lumbered), begged my mom to purchase mini muffin tins, and the rest is history.

Watermelon, Mache, and Pecan Salad

Prep: 20 min., Bake: 7 min., Cool: 15 min. Mâche, a tender heirloom variety of lamb's lettuce, has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor, but the salad is equally good prepared with baby lettuces.
Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 5 cups seeded and cubed watermelon
  • 1 (6-oz.) package mâche, thoroughly washed
  • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes or until completely cool.
2. Combine watermelon and mâche in a large bowl; add vinaigrette, tossing gently to coat. Transfer watermelon mixture to a serving platter, and sprinkle evenly with pecans and cheese.

Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Prep: 10 min.
This is also terrific drizzled over a summery trio of sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion.

Makes 3/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pepper jelly
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Whisk together first 6 ingredients. Gradually add oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until blended.

*Susan Henry, a former neighbor, and school pal, has the distinction of being the only person with whom I have ever gone shopping, who did not look at price tags. While I realize there are others for whom price is no concern, shopping for clothes with Susan was an eye-opening experience.

We were looking for chic outfits to grace our pubescent figures, when she told me that her mom allowed her to buy anything. Even my best friend at the time, a girl whose parents handed her the Neiman Marcus catalog to make her Christmas list, looked at price tags.

Are you paying attention, BG? There will always be people with a better wardrobe, and you better believe there are many kids out there who wish they had your closet.

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  1. Sounds delicious! I love watermelon!

  2. I think I'll just take my watermelon plain thank you ;)

  3. I've never had it, but I wonder how it would taste if you substituted feta :)

  4. This looks and sounds really unique. I love the combo!!!!!

  5. This sounds great, Lisa! And I love pepper jelly! They sell the real hot stuff in the grocery store in Charleston, and people serve it on top of cream cheese as a spread with crackers. It's addictive. ;-)



  6. Looks amazing Lisa - really delicious!! There is a Nigella Lawson recipe that uses watermelon in a similar way that is also yum - have attached the link in case you fancy a change!!


    It has gorgeous feta (like Cam suggests! Maybe Cam is secretly a celebrity TV chef travelling incognito??) and even though I have to pick the olives out it is delish!!!

    Fiona x

  7. This looks yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  8. Oh Wow, this looks great and sounds deeeelish!! I think I'll have to copy this one!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This looks like a great salad to have in the summer.
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. I have a great watermelon salad recipe that uses pine nuts... I will have to post about it this summer. I can't for the life of me remember if there is cheese in it, but it's good. Thanks for sharing this one.