Watermelon and feta with prawn vinaigrette

Watermelon and feta with prawn vinaigrette

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From
Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Serves
4
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

When I first heard of watermelon with feta, I was quite disgusted. ‘Filthy buggers!’ I thought – that is, until I tried it. This salad is delicious on its own, but add this warm prawn vinaigrette to it and you have a stunning dish.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g watermelon, peeled and cut into 3 cm cubes
100g danish-style feta, broken into thumbnail-sized pieces
8 mint leaves, washed
5 basil leaves, washed

Prawn vinaigrette

Quantity Ingredient
125ml olive oil
250g raw prawns, peeled, deveined and roughly chopped
1 french shallot, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 red bullet chilli, seeded and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
40ml sherry vinegar
160ml verjuice or white wine
1 tablespoon salted baby capers, rinsed

Method

  1. Start by making the vinaigrette. Heat a saucepan over a high heat. Add a little of the olive oil and when hot, add the prawns. Cook for 2–4 minutes, until the prawns are a little coloured, then add the shallot, garlic and chilli. Turn the heat down to medium and cook, gently stirring, for 3–4 minutes, until the shallot starts to sweat but not colour.
  2. Add the tomato paste and vinegar and cook out for a few minutes, until fully incorporated. Stir in the verjuice, bring to the boil, then allow to reduce for 3–5 minutes, until the liquid forms a glaze. Add the capers, stir in the rest of the olive oil, then take off the heat.
  3. Arrange the watermelon pieces in your serving bowl, then spoon the vinaigrette over. You may not need to use all the vinaigrette, so store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge; it will keep for up to 5 days.
  4. Scatter the feta over the watermelon, tear the mint and basil all over and serve.

Note:

  • For other winning ways with your wonderful prawn vinaigrette, see the chapter introduction.
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