Fabulous Summertime Fare from Pure Joy Catering
Watermelon is truly a gift of Summer. Who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of seaside picnics, bountiful platters of watermelon wedges? There is something so pleasurable about joyfully devouring it’s icy cold flesh, as the sweet juices coat your cheeks and drip down your chin. Summer just wouldn’t be the same without it.
Pure Joy Catering offers you a slightly more sophisticated way to incorporate this seasonal treat into your Santa Barbara Wedding menu. Their delectable Watermelon Salad was recently featured in the Santa Barbara News Press and has enjoyed rave reviews!
Watermelon with Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Medallions
Dressed with Local Honey, Mint and Lime
Quick, easy and quintessentially summer fare; this is an impressive presentation as well.
The dressing is really great!
For the Local Honey, Mint and Lime Dressing;
2 tbl. lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 tsp. white wine
1.5 tsp. white wine vinegar
2 tsp. Santa Barbara honey
¼ tsp. pink peppercorns, crushed with the side of a knife
Pinch of salt
½ shallot, minced
1 tbl. mint, minced
¼ cup olive oil
6 oz. log chevre (goat cheese) very cold
¼ cup shelled pistachio nuts
1.5 quarts cubed, seedless watermelon
¼ red onion, thin sliced
¼ cup shelled pistachios, garnish
8 mint leaves or sprigs, garnish
Whisk together the dressing ingredients to emulsify. Chop the pistachio nuts. Roll the goat cheese in the nuts pressing firmly & refrigerate till ready to cut. Spread your watermelon onto a salad platter. Top with the thin sliced red onions.
To slice the goat cheese it’s important that it’s nice & cold, use a thin knife, fishing line or dental floss and cut medallions. Arrange those on the watermelon then drizzle all with the dressing. Garnish with additional pistachios & mint.
If you are contacting Pure Joy Catering about your wedding, you might also want to ask them about their Watermelon Mojito’s as well . . . Yum!