At the most recent Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) End of Summer Dining Soiree, we were asked to come up with a plated salad course for over 200 guests. Executive Chef Ashley Santo Domingo created a fresh in season watermelon salad that left guests raving for days. Now enjoy this tasty salad recipe at home; not only is this refreshing and bright but the perfect way to cool off during these hot Southern California days.
Compressed Watermelon Salad | Heirloom Watermelons Pickled and Compressed, Balsamic Reduction, Basil Emulsion, Sea Salt Foam, and Summer Micro Greens
Recipe as follows:
Compressed Pickled Watermelon
Peel a watermelon and cut 1 ½ inch by 6 inch square steaks
Lime zest of 4 limes
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
Lime juice of 2 limes
Place each steak into a vacuum pack bag.
Mix the juice, vinegar, and lime zest with cracked pepper, pour over watermelon.
Seal the watermelon using a vacuum pack sealer on a medium to high setting, once sealed you will see it instantly compresses.
300 ml (10.1 fl.oz) olive oil
300 grams (10.5 oz) fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix the fresh basil with olive oil and puree with a hand blender.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pour through an iSi Funnel and sieve directly into the iSi Whipper.
Screw on one iSi Cream Charger and shake vigorously.
Sea Salt Foam
100 grams white balsamic vinegar
200 grams salted water
3.75 grams Versa whip
45 grams Xanthan gum
Combine 4 ingredients.
Whip ingredients in a kitchen aid mixer for about 25 minutes or until ultra foamy and full to the rim of the bowl, with stiff peaks.
3 ea Compressed watermelon steak two colors, cut into 3×2 inch x1.5 inch blocks
2 oz sea salt foam
2 oz micro greens
1 oz basil emulsion
½ oz balsamic glaze
Fleur de Sel to taste
Arrange the basil emulsion on a plate with compressed watermelon and mozzarella and sprinkle with salt, balsamic vinegar reduction, then arrange a few dollops of the sea salt foam around the plate. Garnish with petite micro greens. Enjoy!
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