Remember those vodka-filled watermelons you used to pass at frat house barbecues?
Right. I’ve never been to a frat party either. But I’m convinced that if this salad were served, there would be fewer date rapes or hazing deaths, and more spontaneous acts of goodwill. Or something like that.
Although it’s dressed in vodka, this homage is quite sophisticated and will only get you a little drunk. Each of the flavors is a good pairing for another: jicama and lime, watermelon and mint, tomatoes and vodka. Combined, they make a refreshing, clean-tasting salad that’s perfect on hot summer days.
Inebriated Watermelon Salad
2 generous luncheon salads or 4 appetizer portions
4 cups watermelon, cut into ½” cubes
3 cups jicama, cut into ½” cubes
3 smallish roma tomatoes, or 1 large beefsteak, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped (or any fresh herb; basil or tarragon would be nice)
2 tablespoons vodka
juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon chili powder
Gently toss all ingredients together to combine. Serve over any pungent greens like dandelion, arugula or mache, garnished with sprouts or additional mint.