Blogger: James Briscione, 4-star Chef with a B.S. in Nutrition/Dietetics
Blog: Chef on the market
In this zone, diets and exercise routines are the ones in danger as the motivation to look good on the beach or at the pool wanes with the summer sun. But theres no need to slack, this is best time of the year for healthy eating. Farmland across the country is producing by the bushel right now, fields everywhere are full of flavor and nutrition. This is the time to get to your local market or farm stand. Youll not only be taking care of yourself with delicious, good-for-you food but youll be supporting your community and the environment by buying from local farmers.
Here is a recipe takes advantage of some of the wonders your local market is guaranteed to be overflowing with. Plus, its a unique, healthy option for your Labor Day cookout.
(cooking instructions after the jump)
- Place the cut watermelon in colander over another bowl. Gently stir in 2 teaspoons of salt and leave to drain.
- Shuck the corn and remove as much of the silken threads as possible. Lightly oil the corn and season well with salt and pepper. On the grill or in a very hot oven cook the corn until lightly charred. Allow the corn to cool and cut off the cob with a sharp knife.
- Add the lime juice to 2 tablespoons of the watermelon juice that collected underneath the colander (save the rest and make some watermelon margaritas). Whisk in ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper, set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix equal amounts of corn and watermelon (you may not use all of it) with the cucumber and chives. Add half of the lime vinaigrette and a pinch of cayenne or piment. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more vinaigrette, salt, or chili to taste.
To serve, place your choice of cooked lean protein* in the center of a plate or platter and spoon a generous amount of the corn and watermelon over the top. Drizzle any remaining vinaigrette around the plate and garnish with pieces of chervil. To round out the plate add a few roasted potatoes and a small Arugula salad or just enjoy exactly as is.
*Lean Proteins- These are any cuts of meat that are naturally low in fat.