One good thing about the summer heat is that it makes it hard to crave heavy, cheesy comfort foods. As the weather warms up and local produce becomes more and more abundant, lighter fare like grilled veggies and salads becomes more appealing. If you’re anything like us though, you get tired of greens tossed in dressing pretty quick. But you can do more with salads than that, especially during this fruit heavy season. We asked MariCarmen Josephs, chef and owner of Carmen’s Lunch Bar, to create a salad for us using two of our favorite summer flavors—watermelon and pineapple. What she came up with is so good we want to eat it everyday (and probably will until watermelon season is over).
Watermelon, Cucumber and Green Tiger Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Mint
Seedless watermelon—cut into triangles or cubes
Local baby cucumbers from Farm Girl Produce—thinly sliced
Ripe local green tiger tomatoes from Lazy K Farms—quartered
Baklouti green chili olive oil from Bodacious Olive
Pineapple white balsamic vinegar also from Bodacious Olive
Toasted black sesame seeds
Arrange watermelon, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes on a salad plate. Sprinkle with salt, then drizzle with your oil and vinegar. Top with crumbled goat cheese, mint chiffonade and toasted black sesame seeds.
To keep up with Josephs creative salads, soups and always rotating lunch and tapas specials, make sure you like Carmen’s on Facebook.
Carmen’s Lunch Bar
407-B S. Palafox, carmenslunchbar.com