Oh August, we hardly knew thee. It seems like summer came and went, but since I’m not quite emotionally prepared to jump on the pumpkin spice latte band wagon, I’ve decided to share with you how my stomach has decided to resist the season change.
We had a gargantuan melon sitting on our kitchen table for a while — half of it came to Newport with us last weekend, but that only did so much damage. The other half was lingering in our fridge, just begging to become something unusual. Since I’m a freak for sweet and savory, and had never made a melon salad before, this guy hit all the right notes for me.
(makes one large salad, or two small)
For the salad:
1 cup largely diced watermelon
2 heaping handfuls of kale, stems removed
1/4 cup almonds
1 large chicken breast
1/4 cup crumbled feta
For chicken marinate:
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp lemon juice
salt & pepper
(I’ll be honest, I just sort of eyeballed this part)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp fresh or minced garlic
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
salt & pepper
01. Mix marinate ingredients well in a small bowl. Mix on chicken thoroughly and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.
02. For dressing, place your olive oil in a small skillet with your garlic. Warm slightly just to infuse the oil. Then in small bowl, mix with the other dressing ingredients and set aside.
03. Give your de-stemmed kale a rough chop and put in a large mixing bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients (besides your chicken and dressing)
04. Put your skillet on medium-low heat and coat lightly with cooking oil. Cook your chicken until just cooked through and golden on each side. Allow to cool slightly and give it a rough chop (I like my chicken to be small little chunks in my salads).
05. Place chicken and dressing in your large with with the salad mixture and toss thoroughly.
And that’s it! I found this pairs really nicely with a crisp sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.
A couple of tips:
* I’ve heard this goes very well with a little fresh mint mixed in. If you try let me know how it goes!
* There’s also a lot of hype these days about “massaging your kale.” Since kale is a pretty tough green, giving it nice little rub down with your hands and some olive oil for a few minutes goes a long way!