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Asian Watermelon Salad #bloggerCLUE


Asian Watermelon Salad

August is here and it's passing by in a flash! Which means summer is almost over (yes, I'm sobbing silently)which means what better time than now to share a fabulous Asian watermelon salad!

I've recently been looking for more fresh and easy summer recipes. I am used to eating watermelon in all of its sweet and glorious natural sweetness. After just coming back from Italy and enjoying watermelon at the end of every meal, I wasn't sure if I could explore using it in a recipe.


Asian Watermelon Salad


But with another Blogger's Clue Society event upon us and it means a new fun event!

I recently had the chance to go on a sort of scavenger hunt on a blog I’m not very familiar with.  Why was I inspired to make a watermelon salad what does it have to do with blogger C.L.U.E?

The hunt was for a group I belong to called blogger C.L.U.E. and the blog I was given to search through was Kate from Kate's Kitchen.  Kate is a financial planner that lives in Indiana and she "lives to cook". If you have a chance to check out her blog, you will see that is so true! Kate shares stories and great recipes every week! I had fun perusing through Kate's blog with our theme Beat the Heat. I was leaning towards making her bruschetta with cantaloupe chutney and her chile lime watermelon salad. and instead was inspired by her Thai watermelon salad.  The Thai watermelon salad was a Jamie Oliver recipe and I ended up adapting it  with a recipe I found in a Food Network magazine from last summer. The recipes were pretty similar!!
Asian Watermelon Salad


The blogger C.L.U.E (Cook, Learn, Undertake, Eat) Society meets every month in a game of mystery, intrigue, and fun! We are given a theme and secretly assigned another member’s blog; our mission is to hunt through our assigned blog to find a recipe that fits the theme through our eyes. We then head into the kitchen and recreate the recipe and post together on reveal day!

I am always interested in solving a good mystery, so it was only natural that I would be loving this food blogging group: blogger C.L.U.E!

Today is reveal day, and this month’s theme is: Beat the Heat!! Join me in reading about the food hunted down this month in the #bloggerCLUE member’s kitchens!

Asian Watermelon Salad

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 6-8 servings as a side )
  • 1/3 cup peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots (1 thinly sliced, 1 finely chopped)
  • Kosher salt
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 2 -inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoons cocktail peanuts, roughly chopped
Instructions
Heat the peanut oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. 

Add the sliced shallot and cook (make sure you reserve the other portion for your dressing), stirring often, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; season with salt.

Whisk 2 tablespoons of the frying oil, the chopped shallot, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and jalapeno in a large bowl. 

Add the watermelon and toss to combine. 

Let sit 10 minutes.

Add the cilantro, basil, mint and 2 tablespoons peanuts to the salad and season with salt; toss to combine. Top salad with chopped peanuts and fried shallot.

29 comments

  1. Wow, I've never seen an Asian watermelon salad---but the flavors sound amazing! Kate has such terrific recipes and it looks like you zeroed in on a winner!!!

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  3. First...your CLUE group sounds like fun. What a great way to check out some other blogs! This salad is a sure win at my house...all the flavors combine so perfectly!

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  4. I have literally eaten my weight in watermelon this simmer...and I am not finished yet! Lol! Love the twist of Asian flavors going on here...Gimmie!!!

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  5. I've had the opportunity to spend some time with Kate and she's as amazing in person as on her blog. You're right about her cooking skills too. She didn't serve this salad when we got together, but I sure wish she would have because it looks amazing. I love the idea of pairing cool, fresh watermelon with Asian flavors.

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  6. What a fresh and interesting salad! I love seeing dishes like this that I've never even thought of before. Yumm!

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  7. Fun twist on watermelon salad. Perfect for hot summer days!

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  8. WOW - this is a fun twist on the usual watermelon and feta salad that I see make the rounds each year! and lucky you, a summer in Italy! :)

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  9. Sounds like a taste sensation! Love the combination of flavors in this salad!

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  11. I love the savory direction that you took with this watermelon salad, Lora! It looks delicious!

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  12. Such a stunning salad! And refreshing, I'm sure.

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  13. Oh wow - I'm so intrigued by this salad! Love the Asian twist and flavor combination! Must try!

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  14. That does look lovely! I'm always looking for a new way to eat watermelon!!

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  15. Such an interesting watermelon recipe...I've got to try it

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  16. I am digging this asian inspired watermelon salad! I would have never thought to blend all of those flavors in one!

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  19. Love this salad! So unique and the flavors are great. Super great pick

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  20. I can't believe that summer is almost over! I mean wasn't it June like 2 days ago? haha I picked up a watermelon at the farmer's market last weekend and I've got some it already cubed and in the fridge ready to go! Oh and I totally think you nailed the "Beat the Heat" theme! Perfect!

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  21. That is one fancy watermelon salad! I'm always hesitant to do anything to watermelon because I absolutely love all by itself...but, I'm intrigued. The Asian twist sounds delicious!

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  22. I'm not the hugest watermelon fant, but I'm always willing to try it in new ways - and these flavors sound insane, so different from how I've eaten watermelon before.

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  23. I've had all sorts of watermelon salads, but never one with Thai flavors. This is definitely something I have to try!

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  24. This seriously looks amazing. I love Kate's site!

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