When making a Thai inspired meal, as I used to at the Feathered Pipe, I frequently make a fresh slaw to add a refreshing raw slightly pickled element side dish or relish. Traditionally slaws are associated with cabbage marinated in dressing, as in coleslaw, but the slaw (from the Dutch word for salad) on its own can be used to describe any salad of marinated fresh vegetables and fruits. Because summer is just around the corner, fresh cucumber and watermelon slaw seems to be a great dish to jump start fresh fruit and vegetables dishes, which are so satisfying to eat in hot weather. Watermelon, likely originating in Southern Africa as there it grows wild and reaches great diversity, is a truly beautiful fruit that has been cultivated by humans around the world for thousands of years. Watermelon rinds, commonly eaten in Asia and some parts of Europe, have a mind watermelon flavor with a crunchy texture and are a great addition to their sweet flesh.
Note: Regular basil may be used instead of Thai basil, just as regular cucumbers may be used instead of English cucumbers. Most varieties of watermelon or cucumber will work will work.
— 1 1/2 C English cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
— 1 1/2 C watermelon, thinly sliced into wedges
— 1 tbsp rice vinegar
— 2 tsp sugar
— 1 tbsp fresh mint, roughly chopped
— 1 tbsp fresh Thai basil, whole (small leaves) or roughly chopped (larger leaves)
— 1/4 tsp salt
— Freshly ground black pepper
1) Combine vinegar, sugar, mint, basil and salt in a small mixing bowl. Set dressing aside until sugar and salt have dissolved in vinegar, 5-10 minutes.
2) Place sliced cucumber and watermelon in a medium-mixing bowl. Add dressing and gently toss to combine. Season to taste with fresh pepper. Set slaw aside to marinate at least 1 hour before serving.
3) Serve cucumber watermelon slaw room temperature or chilled.
Feathered Pipe Cookbook has long been in demand but unfortunately is out of print. As a service to our community, we are sharing our most-loved recipes online on an ongoing basis. If you find this a valuable resource, we would ask you to consider making a kind donation to our Seva Yoga programs.
About Teal Mittelstadt
Teal has been part of the Feathered Pipe family for many, many years, and worked in our kitchen for five years. As well, please visit Teal’s website, My Own Private Kitchen, for more great recipe’s and cooking tips.