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It’s been awhile since I pimped The Table Set podcast. Today I pimp The Table Set with this Watermelon Wedge Salad. It’s a riff on that classic salad known as the Wedge Salad. Only this wedge is a great big hunk of juicy summertime watermelon. It’s dressed in classic wedge style with a Feta Buttermilk Dressing and garnished with mint. Little melon balls stand in for the cherry tomatoes you might expect on the iceberg version, making this wedge a great big hunk of cool.

The reason it’s been a while since I wore my pimp clothes is this–  The Table Set is going through a transition. Rather than post a new episode on iTunes 2 or 3 times a month, whenever and however we can. We are experimenting with broader themes and a set release date. The first of every month. I know we’ll get push back from this. People seem to like our casual style. But in truth I think we’ll do better this way. Maybe I’m wrong, and time will tell. Or, you could tell. Go over to Homefries Podcast Network and take a listen. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think. Do you like our changes? Do you have suggestions?

However, just in case all the podcast talk bores you. I also have a recipe. Yep, the Watermelon Wedge Salad I mentioned. It was part of the menu for the Patio Picnic that forms the core of this episode of The Table Set.

A Watermelon Wedge Salad for a Patio Picnic

We had a Patio Picnic because it’s July. It’s probably hot where you are. When it’s hot people like to take the party outside. But when it’s super hot nobody wants to work too hard. A Patio Picnic is a cool way to heat up your summer entertaining. A picnic can be the most casual of parties, which is why they’re great when the weather gets warm. We invited some neighbors, a few close friends and kept things leisurely. As far as party props, a Patio Picnic doesn’t require much. Grab a few colorful blankets to throw on the ground. Cover patio furniture with more blankets. Ask guests to bring a blanket of their own– with very little effort you have eclectic, colorful picnic right at your feet. Which is where we encouraged the guests to sit. Right on the ground.

I think my Watermelon Wedge Salad was a big hit too. So head on over to Homefries and see what Nathan and Andy brought to the party. GREG

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Watermelon Wedge Salad with Feta Buttermilk Dressing

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watermelon wedge salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • 3 ounce feta (crumbled)
  • 1 medium watermelon
  • ½ sweet melon (such as cantaloupe, Persian or honeydew) seeded
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)

Directions

In a small bowl whisk the sour cream, buttermilk, mustard powder, salt, and pepper together until well combined. Fold in the crumbled feta. Set aside at least two hours and up to 3 days.

Halve the watermelon crosswise, then halve each half. Cut these pieces into 3 equally sized wedges. Trip the bottom side of the rind so that the wedge sits without rolling. Move the watermelon wedges to a serving tray. Use a small melon-baller to make as many balls as you can from the half sweet melon. Scatter these around the watermelon wedges. Then garnish with the mint leaves. Just before serving grind black pepper to taste on top of everything. Serve with the feta buttermilk dressing on the side.