Watermelon, mint and ricotta salad

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Why is a Mediterranean Diet the most popular diet in the world? I really believe it is the most balanced diet. Unlike what many think, it is not a slimming diet, not part of a strict weight loss regime, but a way of life, to eat fresh healthy local produce that has been farmed sustainably, vegetables and fruit that we are able to eat on the same day of harvest, pork and poultry on the same day of slaughtering.

Many of you ask me questions about the Mediterranean diet. There is an cooperation between 13 Mediterranean countries under the umbrella organisation called CIHEAM and intensive research and studies are carried out to ensure transparency in the food chain and that approved agricultural practices are used to bring the best produce to the consumer. And this is one of the reasons that accounts for the goodness of Mediterranean ingredients along with the natural resources of our special soil that nurtures the roots and seeds of what we are going to eat and of course our mild climate and sunshine nearly everyday of the year.

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So what is in my fridge today? A watermelon from Joseph’s harvest just before the season ends, ricotta and lots of fresh mint from the garden and supper tonight is a Watermelon and Ricotta salad.

You will need:

5 cups cold fresh watermelon, cut into small cubes and remove black seeds
5 tablespoons fresh ricotta cheese
a fistful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
some whole mint leaves for garnish

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Lemon Dressing
juice of half a fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 olive oil
Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper

Whisk the ingredients of the dressing together and keep aside. if you have any extra this will keep well in the refridgerator.

To assemble salad

On a platter, place the cut up watermelon.
Flake some crumbled up ricotta over the top.
Drizzle with a small amount of the salad dressing
Top with chopped mint.
Season
Garnish with mint leaves
Serve cold.
I like to add some plain local olive oil on this salad otherwise more dressing to suit your preference.

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Trade Enquiries:

Ricotta: The Deli at Carters Supermarket Tarxien/Paola

Fresh fruit and Vegetables, Big Fresh Mosta, Oscar’s Fruit and Vegetables, Paola and Barbuto for Organic

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CIHEAM, the 13 participating countries