Salad of Marinated Watermelon and Sonoma Goat Cheese

Total Time: 40 min
Prep: 25 min
Cook: 15 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients:

Watermelon Ingredients:
16 large melonballer scoops watermelon (yellow or red)
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped mint

Herb Goat Cheese Ingredients:
2 ounces California goat cheese (room temperature)
2 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon chopped thyme
4 brioche croutons, about 1/2 inch thick
2 ounces assorted mixed greens
1/2 ounce aged balsamic vinegar
Salt and white pepper

Method:

Watermelon Ingredients:

Preparing the watermelon: Scoop watermelon balls out, and discard seeds. Place in small mixing bowl and toss with orange juice, olive oil, and mint. Set aside at room temperature. Take leftover scraps of watermelon and discard seeds. Place in blender and add small amount of white wine vinegar, to taste. Use this as a garnish on plate.

Herb Goat Cheese Ingredients:
Preparing the salad: combine cheeses, garlic, and herbs; mix well until all ingredients are combined. Season with salt and pepper. Place equal amounts on top of brioche croutons.

Place crouton in the middle of each of 4 salad plates and set four watermelon balls on top of each crouton. Garnish with small amount of mixed greens tossed with balsamic vinegar. Drizzle some vinegar and watermelon puree on plate as garnish.

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