Adam and I just returned from a lovely week of vacation in Savannah, Georgia, and I'm sharing a recipe for the best thing we ate on our trip.
Perhaps you're a little surprised that the best thing we ate on a a week in the deep south is a salad with watermelon? Not something deep-fried or sandwiched in a biscuit?
BUT, still, hands down the best thing we ate the whole week was this kooky salad with watermelon, balsamic, mint, arugula and feta. So. dang. good.
This is a recipe of limited seasonal ingredients, so your best chance of success is to buy the freshest local watermelon and arugula, the best balsamic vinegar, and the best feta you can find. (no low fat stuff, please.)
I know this combination of ingredients sounds strange, but trust me that it is DEE-licious. The sweet, juicy watermelon pairs beautifully with the salty bite of the balsamic, and the peppery arugula draws them all together in harmony. The feta brings the whole thing home and the mint makes you feel like you're eating something special. (You are.)
This salad would be a lovely first course at a summer dinner party. It's the kind of thing that seems elegant because of the unique combination of ingredients but is actually quite simple. My favorite kind of recipe.
Watermelon Arugula Salad with Balsamic, Feta & Mint
4 large slices watermelon, seeds removed
drizzle of balsamic vinegar
2 cups arugula
8 fresh mint leaves
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
Lay watermelon slices on plate. Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar. Top with arugula and mint. Sprinkle feta on top.
Add salt and pepper if desired.
*Serves 2, but can be easily doubled or tripled.
Recipe inspired by The Old Pink House in Savannah, Georgia.
- The taste of the whole mint leaves can be quite strong. To lessen the intenseness, you can finely chop the mint, or turn it into a sort of mint vinaigrette by pulsing the mint leaves and some olive oil in a food processor.
Where We Ate in Savannah
The Coffee Fox - This is a super cute hipster coffee place. We adored the horchata lattes.
The Old Pink House - Probably our favorite place in Savannah. In addition to the watermelon salad (which was a special) we recommend the fried green tomatoes and the cheerwine barbecue chicken sliders. This place is popular, so make a reservation as much in advance as you can.
Pacci's Italian - This is a new restaurant in Savannah that just opened about a month before we came. I read a positive review of it in a local magazine and decided to try it out. The interior is chic and modern and the Italian cuisine is delicious. We recommend the arranci (fried risotto balls stuffed with cheese) and any of their pasta dishes, as all their pasta is made in house.
Vinnie Van Go Go's - We decided to try this place after being told about it by several locals. It's a hole-in-the-wall sort of pizza place, but the New York style pizza was good and cheap.
A few more Savannah pics, just for fun.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on Savannah, or ice cream, or weird watermelon salads!