Scoops of watermelon are sprinkled with chopped dates and pistachios. With each bite you get sweet watermelon, chewy candy- like-dates and crunchy pistachios with a hint of the exotic which comes from rosewater. The rosewater is dominant, yet subtle. Teasing and suggestive, it brings out the flavor of the watermelon without overwhelming it. A perfect match.
If you haven’t tried rosewater before, this is the perfect opportunity. Americans often aren’t too into it, but I just love it and it goes so well with one of the foods we are passionate about-watermelon. I used Heritage Products Rosewater, which can be used both as a flavoring to food and as a perfume. I can find it at health food stores in the cosmetic section. My mom walked in while I was making it and was like, “That’s not frugal” because of the rosewater (I had just been telling her that I was trying to concentrate on frugal food). But I told her that I only use a tiny amount of rosewater per recipe and it was way cheaper than vanilla extract anyways!
This is the perfect ending to a meal, especially a creamy and spicy curry. It’s both refreshing and sweet. And it’s also so simple and easy to throw together. Just make sure you serve it right after you have made it, otherwise the dates get mushy from the watermelon juice and nuts get a weird texture.
Can you believe it is almost the weekend? We spent the morning at the Zoo, and my daughter is currently “trying” to take her nap (a real case of getting so tired, it’s hard to go to sleep). Since this is my last post of the week, let me give you just a few “housekeeping” notes before the weekend.
First, WOW! I just love all of the helpful comments on my last post, Single Gal on a Budget. Thank you! This is exactly the spirit of what I want the Pennywise Platter Thursday Carnival to look like. I so hope that you will join in on the first one next Thursday! I will give more details the beginning of next week, for those of you who have not participated in a carnival before.
Second, some of you have been confused with some of my ads. We are in the process of getting enough ads from Real Food Media where I get all of my wonderful “Real Food” type ads from. But until we can get enough ads to fill up all of the ad space, there are google ads that circulate with them. That’s why you will sometimes see some very non “real food” ads. Hopefully that clears up any confusion and hopefully soon we won’t have to use any google ads at all!
And now, back to this wonderfully refreshing salad. Enjoy the following recipe!
Persian Watermelon Rose Salad
If you don’t have a melon scoop (I don’t either, but I borrowed one from my mom), you can just cube the watermelon. It won’t be as pretty, but it will taste just as good! I have such a wide range on the rosewater for two reasons, first, how strong it is may vary from brand to brand, second, it’s a personal taste thing, how much you want. You can also sprinkle some organic rose petals in with the salad to give a visual to the rosewater flavor.
4 cups of watermelon “balls” (Make with a melon scoop, looks like a small ice cream scoop)
4-5 medjool dates, pitted and cut into small pieces
3-4 tablespoons pistachios
1/8-1/4 teaspoon rosewater, or to taste
Place watermelon, dates and pistachios in a bowl, toss gently together. Sprinkle with rosewater, taste and adjust to taste. Serve immediately.