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Compressed Watermelon Salad

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It’s the middle of summer and what’s better than a watermelon salad? I occasionally enjoy a slice of watermelon with chunks of salty halloumi. I wanted to put a modernist twist on it.

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I took cubed watermelon and put them in an iSi canister. I added a few tablespoons of brine from black olives. Charge the iSi with two canisters. Let it sit for around 20 min. Slowly discharge the canister and remove the watermelon. They will be a deeper red and compressed. Also they will be nice and salty and taste like a combo of olives and watermelon.

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I added cubes of halloumi cheese, but I used a torch to give them a little char. It made them warm and the taste slightly smokey. Which was a nice contrast to the cold chunks of melon.

I served a fresh herb salad on the side lightly dressed in lemon, olive oil and sumac.

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