September 5, 2016 13

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish | @withfoodandlove

Last weekend Amanda and her man visited me and Chris in St. Louis. There’s something real special about sharing your space and city with the people closest to you in your life. All of those small things that make up your everyday. Your home, your favorite place to get breakfast, coffee, etc. Somehow it allows you to feel closer to one another when you have to live distantly.

We spent 3 1/2 very full days together exploring our city. It was equal parts excitement and chill vibes thanks to our romantic staycations at the Chase Park Plaza, an opulent art deco masterpiece and historic hotel. Also, my favorite building in St. Louis. We relaxed by the pool, ate and drank at The Preston, enjoyed breakfast in bed and ended our stay with a much needed 60-minute massage at their Aveda salon. If you want to know more about what we did and where we went, Amanda recapped her weekend and STL experience here.

Somehow, we also managed to fit in an impromptu recipe and photography shoot/set-up my new tripod session. We used the ingredients I had on hand, which wasn’t much, to come up with this end of summer simple salad. Yellow watermelon {perfectly in season right now!} and green onions from the market the week before. Cucumbers and parsley from my garden. And, a few kitchen staples that I almost always have lying around, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a knob of ginger, sea salt and pepper. We both created the same dish, essentially, but with a slightly different cucumber relish on top. Mine is a bright, herby, olive oil one. Hers, a quick-pickled, gingery, one. For that version, click here.

And now a few St. Louis announcements!

FEAST Magazine’s September issue is out and I’m real proud of it this month because I shot the cover and the fermentation spread inside {eek!}. You can pick up a copy anywhere in MO and southern IL and online here.

And finally! Tickets for my pop-up, The Great Big Harvest on 11/6 at Element are on sale now. Pre-sale tickets have sold out, so I added a few more seats. Purchase yours here. If you want the inside scoop and pre-sale tickets to future events, put your name on my email list.

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish | @withfoodandlove

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish | @withfoodandlove

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish | @withfoodandlove

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish | @withfoodandlove

Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Serves 8 wedges     adjust servings

You can use any kind of watermelon variety, it does not need to be yellow. Although this yellow watermelon variety is slightly sweet, with squash undertones and pairs beautifully with the bright, herby cucumber relish. This recipe makes enough relish for about 8 wedges, simply double according to top more melon. The relish can be made ahead of time if need be.

Ingredients

  • 8 watermelon wedges {see notes}
  • 1 small cucumber, diced extra small
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

Instructions

  1. Arrange watermelon wedges on a serving platter or individual plates.
  2. In a small bowl combine the cucumber, parsley, green onion, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well.
  3. Spoon the relish on top of the melon and drizzle with a little more olive oil if desired.
  4. Serve at room temperature.

This post is in partnership with Chase Park Plaza; all opinions are my own.

13 Responses to "Yellow Watermelon Salad with Herby Cucumber Relish"

  1. Reply

    Rachel

    September 5, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    I had no idea that yellow watermelon was even a thing! This looks delicious.

  2. Reply

    amanda paa

    September 5, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    I want to hop a plane and come back right now for an impromptu cooking/photo session. So fun. Makes me miss you and Chris so much reading this. Our weekend was so perfect! Thank you for being the best tour guide.

    And is their anything more beautiful than the vibrance of that yellow watermelon? Swoon. Beautiful, beautiful shots. Also, so proud of your Feast magazine cover and story. I’ve got two of the recipes fermenting on my counter right now! All the love. xo

  3. Reply

    Medha

    September 5, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Whoa, yellow watermelon? Cucumber relish with all those herbs? You are doing such good things! Love the prep shots and of course all the photos :) Pinning!

  4. Reply

    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    September 6, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    Congrats on Feast Magazine. Your photos look gorgeous. This salad looks like a sweet and simple way to celebrate the end of summer!

  5. Reply

    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    September 6, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    After reading Amanda’s post about your staycation in STL, I am insanely jealous and need to visit asap. If only to attend one of your pop-ups ;) But also this watermelon relish dish looks divine! I’ve never actually had yellow watermelon… xoxo

  6. Reply

    Johnna

    September 6, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    This is SO pretty and I’m certain delicious. Adding a yellow watermelon to my shopping list!

  7. Reply

    Megan @ MegUnprocessed

    September 6, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    I love this! Simple and healthy, yet so flavorful!

  8. Reply

    cynthia

    September 7, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    You don’t know how happy it makes me to hear you say melon season is at its best right now! Especially with this watermelon salad, because it looks like everything I want right now. And SO, so beautiful!!

  9. Reply

    Michele

    September 7, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    I love the idea of a relish on top of the watermelon! I’ve always wondered what the yellow melon tastes like?

  10. Reply

    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    September 7, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    This not only sounds delicious-it is also gorgeous!

  11. Reply

    Em

    September 8, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    So beautiful! The yellow is crazy unexpected and somehow just as summery (if not moreso) than its red counterpart. And how much do I wish I was nearer to STL for one of your pop-ups!

  12. Reply

    Aysegul Sanford

    September 9, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    What a fun salad. This screams summer to me.
    It is so interesting to see how 2 blogger/photographers look at the same thing and photograph/edit it differently. Beautiful work Sherrie.
    Cheers!

  13. Reply

    Gena

    September 10, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    I love the very idea of you and Amanda hanging out for a weekend together. I hope it was every bit as fun as I imagine it would be!

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