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Recipe of the Week: Watermelon and Squid Salad

Try a refreshing twist on this seafood dish by adding the flavor of watermelon and squid for a unique and delicious taste!

1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup Champagne vinegar
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound baby squid, bodies and tentacles separated but left whole
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/3 cup chopped tarragon
1/3 cup chopped mint
1 small seedless watermelon (about 3 1/2 pounds)—halved, rind removed, flesh sliced 1/2 inch thick
Ground sumac, for sprinkling (optional)

  1. In a bowl, whisk the rice vinegar, Champagne vinegar, scallions, jalapeños, 2 teaspoons of the lime zest and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Light a grill. In a medium bowl, toss the squid with the oil, orange zest, crushed red pepper and the remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice and 1 teaspoon of lime zest; season with salt and pepper. Grill the squid over high heat until lightly charred, 4 minutes.
  3. Arrange the watermelon slices on a platter. Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with the tarragon and mint. Top the watermelon with the squid, sprinkle with sumac and serve right away.

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