The Dinner Project: Week 13

April 14, 2011

I don’t have time to write much here today. Except to tell you that you should totally make this salad, with or without the watermelon. The watermelon was a last minute addition by my friend Jasmine, something I never would have thought to add, and it brought the whole thing up to a level of pure summery bliss. And doesn’t it make it look pretty? But don’t feel like you have to use the watermelon, even with the cucumbers on their own, this salad is lovely. I’ve made it many many times over the years and I keep coming back to it. And did I mention it’s easy? So very, very easy. Hope you enjoy it!

Cucumber Watermelon Salad with Peanuts, Cilantro & Coconut

Preparation time: about 15 minutes

Serves: 4 – 6


3 cucumbers, peeled (or leave a couple stripes, as I like to do), seeded and chopped into bite-size pieces

1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts

About 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut

The juice of a lemon, about 2 or 3 Tbsp

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Some chunks of watermelon, if so desired

A pinch of sea salt


1. Chop it all up and mix it all up and enjoy!



Monday, April 4 – Garbanzo beans mixed with ginger, lime juice, sour cream, turmeric, cumin, garlic, cilantro & green onion, eaten atop a crostini

Tuesday, April 5 – Same meal as Monday but mixed with quinoa instead

Wednesday, April 6 – Pasta with olive oil, shrimp, garlic & cilantro

Thursday, April 7Mas Tacos – one fried avocado taco that literally melted in my mouth it was so delicious, and one cast iron chicken taco. And a couple sips of Jasmine’s agua fresca that was the most refreshing drink ever

Friday, April 8 – BBQ at our place! A salad made of cucumbers, watermelon, cilantro, peanuts, lemon and unsweetened coconut (photo & recipe above); grilled corn; slices of watermelon; grilled chicken skewers with rosehip jelly glaze (the rosehip jelly was part of my payment for taking some band photos a few days earlier). Oh, and for dessert, champagne mixed with blood orange sorbet, perhaps the best way to end a meal as delicious as this one.

Saturday, April 9 – Bolton’s Hot Chicken, a Nashville favorite

Sunday, April 10 – Nothing. Late lunch


One Response to “The Dinner Project: Week 13”

  1. Jasmine Says:

    I’m craving that salad again- can’t wait for summer in The North!! and I love that I landed a guest spot in the dinner project! Woohoo!

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