Local & Proud: Tomatoes & Watermelon

Posted on: August 2, 2023

Get Local & Proud with the two queens of Summer . . TOMATOES & WATERMELON, with this refreshing recipe from Metro:
 

GRILLED WATERMELON AND TOMATO SALAD WITH IRRESISTIBLES HOT CHILI PEPPERS

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups (300 g) seedless water melon balls
1 1/2 cups (225 g) assorted colourful grape / cherry tomatoes, about half sliced in halves
1/2 cup (100 g) roughly chopped mini cucumbers
0,15 once (4 g) purple shallot thinly sliced
2 tablespoons (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon (1,25 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) hummus
3 tablespoons (45 ml) Irresistibles Hot chili Peppers
2 tablespoons (30 ml) salted pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons (30 ml) or 2 stems of fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons (30 ml) or 2 stems of fresh mint
1 tablespoon (15 ml) juice from 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon (5 ml) or zest from 1 lime

PREPARATION:

Lightly toss the tomatoes, cucumbers, shallots, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tbsp EVOO, mint and cilantro together in a large bowl and set aside.  Brush 1 tbsp EVOO onto very hot grill and sear the melon balls about 1 minute each side.  Transfer to bowl with mixed tomatoes.  With an off set spatula or spoon, spread 1/2 cup of hummus each on two large dinner plates.

Drizzle each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons of Irresistibles Hot Chili Peppers over the hummus.  With a slotted spoon, divide the watermelon salad between the two portions.  Divide the lime juice, zest and pumpkin seeds and garnish between the two servings.  Serve with some grilled pita or crusty bread.  Enjoy.

Source : Metro

FRUITFUL TIPS:

• Select a firm tomato with smooth, shiny skin that is unblemished.  The stalk should have a leafy aroma.  COOKING TIP: Add sugar when cooking to reduce the acidity! Check out some ripe ideas here.
 • Did you know you can use pureed watermelon to make refreshing ice cubes for drinks?  Try it!  More drool-worthy ideas here.
 

August 3 to 6, 2023 – Fresh Pickin’s: Where the taste of local meets the artistry of balloons.  Shop local seasonal fruits and veggies at our pop-up market, in partnership with Metro.  Plus, it’s a feast for the eyes at our fruit-themed balloon photo op.  Snap a pic and share it on social media tagging @cloverdalemall and #freshpickins for your chance to win a $250 Cloverdale Shopping Spree!*
*Event info and full contest rules and regulations here.

— Gillaine, Marketing Coordinator