Melon Refresh Salad: Summertime Delight – That’s Amore!

 

‘Tis the season for melon and ‘tis always the season for a refreshing salad. This dish is light, refreshing, and quite tasty!

MELON REFRESH SALAD
Watermelon – 32 oz. diced
Cucumber – 1 large diced
Fresh mint leaves – 1/4 cup minced
Fresh squeezed lemon juice – 1 cup
Honey – 1/4 cup
Sea salt – 1/8 tsp
Cayenne pepper to taste

Mix the cucumber, melon, and mint in a bowl and let the mixture settle for a minute.

Drain the liquid in the bottom of the bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Chill for one hour before serving.

 

This dish is a spinoff of Grandma Franchini’s White Beans and Escarole that she has made me a thousand times. Close your eyes, take a bite, and that’s amore!

 

FAVA SICILIANA
Dry fava beans – 1 lb.

Cook the fava beans as suggested, drain, and combine with marinara sauce.

 

MARINARA SAUCE:
Crushed tomatoes – 24 oz.
Diced tomatoes – 12 oz.
Tomato paste – 4 oz.
White onion – 1/2 medium chopped
Garlic- 2 cloves micro planed
Sea salt – 1/2 tsp.
Red pepper – 1/4 tsp.
Fresh basil – 10 leaves diced

In a very hot deep pan (without oil), throw down the onions and caramelize, tossing frequently. Combine the other ingredients (except basil) in a pot and cook on low for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the basil.

 

VEGGIES:
In a hot pan, combine:
Summer squash – 1 medium sliced
Zucchini – 1 medium sliced
2 oz. water
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Cover and cook for 5 minutes, tossing frequently, adding water if needed. Reduce to low, add kale, cover and cook for another 2 minutes.

Jordan Wolfe
Jordan Wolfe is the Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist at Whole Foods Market South Beach. He is an expert on the plant-strong green lifestyle, and he is a life-long vegetarian. Wolfe teaches that there are many paths to nutritional excellence and everyone can benefit from adding more plants to their plates. His favorite part of his work is inspiring and educating others on healthy eating.