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Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

The summer after my freshman year of college, I drove down to St. Augustine, Florida with a friend and bussed tables at his uncle's restaurant. This salad was a popular appetizer, and I cleared so many of them that I eventually figured out how to make it myself (with a few alterations). My addendum is a crack of black pepper for spice to counter the more conventional notes: sweet fruit, salty cheese, and sharp vinegar. Almost florally, the single basil leaf perfumes this perfect bite, which pops in your mouth as it hits each corner of the tongue.

4 watermelon spears, cut into 1"x1"x3" rectangular prisms
4 basil leaves
Feta cheese
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Freshly cracked black pepper

This is more of an assembly job than cooking. Your tower should be stacked (from bottom to top) like this: a balsamic-splashed watermelon spear, a basil leaf, then a few crumbles of feta. Finish with a light drizzle of fruity olive oil and freshly cracked black pepper.

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