A sweet 'n' savory summer fruit salad, the sweet from a juicy-ripe muskmelon, the savory from chunks of feta cheese and ribbons of fresh basil. This salad almost makes itself, it's that easy!
August is a greedy month.
I walk through the farmers market and want it all. Bundles of basil for pesto. Blueberries for coffee cake and pie, if any make it home that is, they’re sun-warmed and so fat they almost burst. Garden tomatoes for sandwiches lathered with mayonnaise and sprinkled with pepper tonight, some sort of tomato salad tomorrow. Peaches so ripe I must eat one over the sink, letting the juice drip down my arms, closing my eyes to embed in my brain the texture, the taste, the thrill.
What makes you greedy in August? It’s only natural.
CANTALOUPE SALAD with FETA & BASIL
Time to table: 10 minutes
- 1/4 of a ripe well-washed cantaloupe, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
- Fresh basil, cut into thin ribbons
- 1-1/2 ounces feta, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon good olive oil
- Kosher salt to taste, optional
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately.
2009: A special welcome to St. Louis readers reading today's story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about four St. Louis food bloggers (2011 update, sorry, the Post-Dispatch has removed the story online) and our passions. Kitchen Parade is the column that my mom started in 1959, I've been writing it since 2002. (Want to know more about Kitchen Parade?) I also write a food blog called A Veggie Venture, home to the famous A-Z of Vegetables and where every single recipe features a vegetable, in summer, much of it gathered from St. Louis-area farmers markets.
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