Watermelon Skewers with Feta, Arugula and Balsamic Reduction

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Waltzing through the supermarket on a busy Sunday morning, I fully expected to be pick up a *normal* watermelon. You know, green on the outside and pink inside.

Yellow watermelons only exist in fancy food magazines and on fancy restaurant menus. Right?

Wrong. They happen in my regular grocery store too, apparently.

No biggie. It still worked for the recipe I had in mind, of course. Though just because you can’t find it doesn’t mean you can’t make this. Pink will work perfectly too. Yellow happens to be a little midler, but still sweet. And I like my watermelon sweet as can be.

The stars must have been aligned when I unknowingly picked up the yellow watermelon, because when I arrived at my friend’s house later that afternoon, toting along my skewers and my camera, I was psyched to see the yellow tile print tablecloth. And the (pink) watermelon cocktails. Perfect props for this last minute photo shoot.

Speaking of last minute, this is totally the kind of appetizer you can throw together in that amount of time. For those lazy summer afternoons. Along with some chilled rose. And a couple of girlfriends you’ve called to come over, last minute. That’s what all mamas dream about, right?

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Watermelon Skewers with Feta and Arugula

Yield: 12 skewers

Ingredients:

8oz block feta cheese, cut into 1/2" chunks
1/4 of a large, seedless watermelon, cut into 2" chunks
small bunch of fresh arugula
1 cup good quality balsamic vinegar

Kick it up a notch: smoked sea salt, optional

Directions:

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Continue cooking until reduced to about a 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a heat-proof measuring cup or ramekin to cool.

On each of 12 skewers, alternate 2 chunks of watermelon, 2 chunks of feta, and a few arugula leaves. Tip: gently wrap the arugula leaves around the feta to help keep it in place. Place the skewers on a paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate for at least an hour, to chill.

Arrange skewers on a serving platter. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction and sprinkle with sea salt, if using.

Cara Lyons, www.carascravings.com

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3 Responses to “Watermelon Skewers with Feta, Arugula and Balsamic Reduction”

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    Joni Rich — July 4, 2014 @ 6:32 am Reply

    Hey Cara! How about a recipe for the watermelon cocktail, please?

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