You’re probably thinking that I am really stretching the seasonality concept here…a watermelon salad in New York in October?


Well, here’s the deal. I grew this cute little yellow watermelon in my garden and it’s been in my refrigerator for a while…I’d pretty much forgotten about it, in fact, but for it being “W” day!

This recipe is from the September 2009 Gourmet magazine- a special issue featuring recipes from A to Z- the inspiration for me blogging the alphabet this month.

Accompanying the recipe is this note: “watermelon and yogurt may sound like unlikely bedfellows, but this refreshing dish deliciously disproves that assumption. Flaky shards of sea salt, added just before serving, highlight both the melon’s sweetness and the sauce’s savory tang”. Such a lovely description; makes me extremely sad that Gourmet will soon be no more…

With the first frost claiming much of my produce earlier this week, I was happy to still be able to use my own watermelon and mint in the salad; alas I have no more homegrown cucumbers, but this is a great salad and I’ll definitely make it again next summer when I’ve got lots growing in my garden.

The magazine states that you should serve the tsatsiki with the salad; I actually used it like a dressing and enjoyed it this way a great deal. I added some minced dill and used Persian cucumbers (which are very small and don’t need to be peeled), but did everything else pretty much as instructed. Visually, the yellow watermelon is not as striking as a typical red one would be- I’ll try that next time, I think.

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gyo copyI am submitting this post to Andrea’s Grow Your Own Event. Andrea manages and is hosting Grow Your Own this month.


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    Lauren — October 23, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

    I’ve never had a yellow watermelon before, but it looks lovely.

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    drwinnie — October 23, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

    Thanks Lauren!

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    Andrea Meyers — November 2, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

    Your salad sounds so refreshing, and even though it’s November now I would still enjoy it. Thanks so much for sharing with Grow Your Own!