If I haven't mentioned the amazing Farmers Market delivered to your doorstep service...shame on me. Fresh Harvest is by far the best company I have come across in Atlanta to not only provide the most amazing hand picked LOCAL seasonal fruits and veggies but to deliver it directly to your doorstep in their reusable "baskets". They pack it all perfectly in plastic storage bins on ice blocks so that if it arrives before you get home no worries. You can also add items easily by customizing your basket with things like local Georgia cows milk (yep the kind with the cream on top...nothing better), lemons, bananas, pickled okra...and the list goes on. I love the element of surprise to see what the picks of the week are and how it is teaching me to know what grows naturally at different times of the year.Currently we are in the watermelon and cucumber season...did you notice? OMG the flavors of food grown when they are intended to grow are amazing. With the rather large watermelon that arrived last week came a little note with a suggestion on what to do with it. My kids love watermelon but I can only get them to eat it maybe once or twice and then they are over it so I usually have a ton left over and end up throwing some out since my husband and I am are not huge watermelon eaters. The note suggested throwing together watermelon, cucumbers, mint, olive oil, lime juice and salt and pepper. Hmmmm sounds good, right?
I didn't have any mint but I did have some fresh basil so thought I would try that instead. WOW was I in shock on how good those favors mixed together that I almost ate the whole bowl before my husband got home from work. Don't worry I did save him some and offered it as a side dish with our dinner. He absolutely loved it and kept saying how awesome watermelon and basil work together..."I would have never thought to put those two things together but I love it!" I'd say that is grounds for a a keeper! Since that night I added mint to my fresh harvest delivery for the next week and last night made this again as prescribed and I have to admit the BASIL was better than the mint by a long shot. So here is what I did...
- 1/2 of whole watermelon cut into cubes (can use the whole watermelon if serving a big group)
- 1 whole cucumber peeled, sliced and cut in halves or cubes
- 1 bunch of basil chopped
- 1 lime juiced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in large bowl and lightly toss until combined.
- Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve and enjoy or refridgerate until ready to serve.