Heirloom Watermelon Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

What sets Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar apart from other restaurants in Las Vegas is its innovative and...
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Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

What sets Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar apart from other restaurants in Las Vegas is its innovative and forever-evolving menu that includes the current season's freshest ingredients. This summer, under the direction of executive chef Brian Massie, Hearthstone is offering a new menu of crafted house-made dishes including this seasonal, mouth-watering heirloom watermelon salad with Greek feta, avocado, red onion, and mint vinaigrette. This is a dish that completely encompasses summer's zesty and bold flavors.

Ingredients

For the mint vinaigrette:

  • 1 1/2 Cup lemon juice
  • Lemon zest from one lemon
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 2 1/2 Cups extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of dry mint

For the watermelon salad:

  • 18 diced one-inch square watermelon pieces
  • 1/4 avocado, diced
  • Pinch of chiffonaded mint
  • 1 Ounce mint vinaigrette
  • 2 Tablespoons crumbled feta
  • 2 Tablespoons marcona almonds, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon pearl onions, sliced
  • 4 arugula leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions

For the mint vinaigrette:

Combine everything in a blender until well blended.

For the watermelon salad:

For the watermelon, cut into 1-inch pieces and toss with diced avocado, mint, and vinaigrette. Plate the watermelon and avocado and garnish with the feta, nuts, onion, arugula, and salt and pepper to taste.

Watermelon Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Watermelon Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.