I love watermelon. Any melon really, except for honeydew, which I totally don’t get. Growing up we had muskmelon in our garden. They were always the best, if you could get to them before the raccoons. The problem I have with melons I buy now, well, I have a few of them. You never know how it’s gonna taste, I hate getting one home only to discover it has no taste. They are huge in the refrigerator, and some of them make the refrigerator stink.
At least I have solved the problem of the crappy tasting watermelon. I put it in salad. Even lousy watermelon is good when you put vinaigrette on it. Last night, being lazy, I used vaguely passable bottled Italian. But when I made my own shallot, caper vinaigrette and used pretty good (as opposed to really good) olive oil it was AMAZING. Full disclosure, it is Karen’s vinaigrette recipe but I have made it mine.
Shallot caper vinaigrette
1 shallot chopped, about 2 TB
2 TB dijon mustard
2 TB wine wine vinegar
Whisk this all together and slowly
add while whisking:
6 – 10 TB olive oil
Salt and pepper
Once you have the vinaigrette to a lovely rich consistency add;
2 TB brined capers and a little brine
This stuff lasts for a while in the refrigerator, let it sit at room temp
for a while and re-whisk before using.