Let’s cut to the chase here:
You can probably skip the mango tilapia. It’s just parchment-paper baked tilapia with a dollop of mango butter, some parsley and scallions, and a few spices. Good in theory, not terribly exciting in reality.
What is terribly exciting, though, is the salad that accompanies it.
Oh my word. I honestly don’t want to eat anything else for the rest of the summer except for this salad.
I take that back. It’s almost nectarine season. And, hello, we’re right smack dab in the peak of ice cream season.
So, basically, I’ll be eating nectarines and ice cream and watermelon feta salad until the leaves start to change.
The journey to this salad began with this pin, which I found in, like, January.
Having to wait a whole 6 months for it to be seasonably appropriate to make was cruel and unusual punishment.
I made a mental note to make it as soon as the temperature rose above freezing (so, yesterday), and had intended to make it sometime in the next few weeks, but luckily Annie of Annie Eats was kind enough to take this salad to a new level of supremacy. When she posted a recipe last week using quinoa instead of barley I had no choice but to make it immediately if not sooner.
I made it as a side to the fish…but it totally stole the show. So much so that I made a big batch it all by itself for dinner one night this week.
People: make this. Immediately if not sooner.
Quinoa Salad with Watermelon and Feta
slightly adapted from Annie’s Eats
Serves 4 (hypothetically…)
1 cup quinoa
For the dressing:
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. freshly lemon juice
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
For the salad:
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1 cup watermelon, diced
3-4 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
3-4 tbsp. sliced scallions
Lemon zest, to taste
Rinse and boil the quinoa (add about 1 and 1/2 cups water to quinoa and simmer for about 15 minutes, letting sit, covered, for 5 additional minutes to soak up remaining water). Whisk together the dressing and chop salad ingredients while the quinoa is boiling. I like to fluff the quinoa with a fork, add the dressing to the quinoa (once cooled slightly), and then add the salad ingredients to the quinoa. It’s best when served chilled.
Rating: 4.5/5. A small deduction for the fact that it’s only a summer dish and I’ll spend 9 months pining for it once September comes. Other than that, this one’s a home run!