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Re:Watermelon and Cress Salad with Grilled Shrimp and Hearts of Palm

First off, apologies for the large block of text. I DID create paragraphs, but the text editor on the web seems to think they're superfluous and removes them...rather ironic for a magazine's website.First off, I generally do NOT like to mix sweet with savory, particularly fruit mixed with the main course, so when my wife (who prepares the menu) selected this for me to cook, I considered my usual trick of doing my own portion without the watermelon.The timing was perfect, and our farmers market provided nearly everything we needed (also my first time working with watercress), and went with a lemon basil to complement the shrimp. We did resort to feta instead of the ricotta salata.With these selections, I put it all together (and did an astounding job of making dirty dishes between all the marinades, seasonings, and dressings required). It was, in a word, outstanding. The feta/watermelon combination was wonderful mixed with the watercress mix and grilled toppings. This wasn't just a bunch of interesting looking ingredients thrown into the same dish to sound interesting (and I had a number of offers at the market to join us for dinner when they asked what the ingredients would be for), it truly works together. A small bit of each at the same time resulted in an excellent blending of flavors. Overall, it was a little more effort than I like to put in to a meal, and I'm seriously trying to figure out how I might make a larger amount for additional guests, but this one will be in the 'keeper' file and make its way into our rotation as an early summer option.

Posted: 07:27 pm on July 3rd 2011