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At Market: Watermelon Carpaccio with Chèvre

August 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

It’s melon season! The foodie tots and I can’t get enough of melons in every size and color — we’ve enjoyed cantaloupe, honeydew, sun melon, a melon that looked like cantaloupe on the outside but was green like honeydew on the inside, and of course, watermelon. Now, I consider myself something of a watermelon expert, having been quoted on the subject in the Washington Post (cough), but I was still shocked to spot orange watermelon at the Reston Farmers Market this past weekend.

summer of melon love

After tweeting a picture, a friend suggested sprinkling fennel pollen on the melon. I couldn’t find fennel pollen at Whole Foods (uh, where else would it be?), but remembered that Cypress Grove‘s Purple Haze chèvre is made with lavender and fennel pollen. And so this quick summer appetizer was born: extremely thin slivers of watermelon, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, a heavy pinch of sea salt, and topped with crumbled Purple Haze chèvre. It’s not really a recipe as a suggestion: you could mix it up with flavored vinegars, use plain chèvre to keep it local, and/or top with fresh mint or basil or any other herbs from the garden.

watermelon carpaccio with chevre

The kids were intrigued — the boy asked for a helping of “my” watermelon alongside his straight-up slices, and the bebe nibbled a few crumbs of chèvre before turning her attention back to the melon. What’s your favorite watermelon recipe? (And you do buy seeded melons, right? Remember, Seedless is Soulless. ;-) )

Tags: at market · fruit · recipe · summer

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron // Aug 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Wow! I love this. Fruits are my best food ever. I love the photos of watermelon and its making my mouth to water. I love to eat fruits because for me it helps me to be healthy and fit.
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  • 2 Maylin Hanna // Aug 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I used to eat fruits in the morning before i go to my exercise and i find it the best way in loosing weight,my favorite fruits is banana and apple.
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  • 3 Krystel Arocha // Aug 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    woooohoo! Good to know you Maylin! same with you i eat fruits before when i go to exercise.
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  • 4 Jonha | FriendsEat // Aug 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Has anyone ever told you that your blog’s header is too cute! Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette is my favorite recipe :)
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  • 5 Ella Sam // Aug 12, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I like whipping cream together with the pan cake, my kids really like it i never try the water melon maybe i try in week ends.
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