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Cristina Ferrare from Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family" stops by Good Day LA to share her recipe for watermelon salad--just in time for the warmer weather.

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Okay, now to the food, so here's how she makes it:

CRISTINA FERRARE'S WATERMELON SALAD

1- 5 to 6 pound Seedless watermelon
6 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Greek Feta Cheese cut into 12 pieces each ½" inch thick and 1¼ " wide
|1 small red onion sliced thin
1-cup fresh mint leaves
1-cup Micro greens (optional)
One 16.9 fluid-ounce bottle balsamic vinegar


REFRESHING MELON DRINK
4 cups left over melon
1 lime sliced into thin rounds
¼ cup mint leaves
4 ounces Vodka (OPTIONAL)


SALAD
(Make the balsamic syrup first) Pour the whole bottle into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to medium-high and continue to boil until the vinegar starts to thicken and forms a syrup like consistency, about 14 to 20 minutes. Be careful not to thicken too much or it will end up a thick black goop. The best way to check is to use a wooden spoon, if the syrup coats the back of the spoon it's ready to remove from the heat. Let it cool to room temperature before you store in the refrigerator. I use a needle nose plastic bottle to store my syrup after it has cooled. It will last up to 2 month in the refrigerator.

Slice the watermelon into 2" inch round slices. Take your best four round slices and cut each from the middle a 3×3" inch rectangle. Wrap all 4 pieces in plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour. (SAVE THE EXCESS PIECES OF MELON and set-aside in the refrigerator we are going to make the refreshing drink from that.)

TO ASSEMBLE THE SALAD:
Place one 3×3 piece of watermelon on each serving plate and slice them into 1" inch pieces. You should have 9 squares per serving.
Add three pieces of the Feta Cheese down the middle of each serving.
Add 4 to 5 slices of the red onion over each serving
Drizzle 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil over each serving
Add 5 to 6 fresh mint leaves over top of each serving
Scatter Micro greens over top
Drizzle Balsamic Syrup over
Serve immediately
Makes 4 servings
You can make a refreshing summer drink by using the excess melons. Place 3 to 4 (depending how much you have left) cups of watermelon in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a pitcher, add the sliced lime and ¼ cup fresh mint leaves and stir.  Add ice and serve cold.
If you want to make this a cocktail the ratio of Vodka to Melon juice is 1 Ounce Vodka to 1 cup (8oz.) of juice

ENJOY!

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