(Yellow) Watermelon Salad with Bleu Cheese, Pancetta and Basil for Secret Recipe Club

Do not adjust your screen. Yes, that is a yellow watermelon. There are, in fact, over 1200 varieties of watermelon, and the flesh can be red, orange, yellow or white. This one, a Yellow Crimson, has a mildly sweeter taste than the more common red type. It almost has a honey flavor to it, so we thought it would be great to do something unusual with it. 

Luckily, it's Secret Recipe Club reveal day, and we were assigned Eliot's Eats, a food/travel/adventure blog with an ambitiously wide variety of posts and even more recipes. We have been drooling over this plethora of recipes by anonymous author "Eliot" (after T.S. Eliot) for several days now and since we had this beautiful watermelon on hand, decided on Watermelon Salad with Bleu Cheese, Pancetta and Basil. We decided that we were going to follow the recipe to the letter after realizing how much we have in common with "Eliot."

1. We are both near-middle-aged couples (although Amy is loathe to admit that)
2. "Eliot" works at a high school (as do the two of us), and her husband works in technology (Chris's hobby/job).
3. We are both cat people.
4. We both love to travel, cook, eat, patronize local restaurants and businesses, eat local and visit farmers markets.
5. And we both blog about it all.

So there it is. We are practically the same people, so why would we change the recipe? And "Eliot" - glad SRC gave us a chance to catch up. We've added you to our blog hop and will be checking in more often! 

Fresh, juicy, refreshing, sweet, tangy, crunchy, creamy, luscious peppery perfection. 

Watermelon Salad with Bleu Cheese, Pancetta and Basil


8 ounces pancetta, diced
1 1/2 cups cubed watermelon
2 tablespoons crumbled bleu cheese
1/8 cup basil, chiffonade
drizzle of olive oil
drizzle balsamic vinegar
freshly ground black pepper

Cook pancetta until crisp; drain on paper towels. Arrange watermelon on a chilled plate. Top with pancetta, bleu cheese and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic, season to taste with pepper.


Debra Eliotseats said...

Sounds like the four of us might have been separated at birth! LOL

Love the yellow watermelon twist. I haven't made this salad in many moons. You have inspired me to remedy that. (And, we have many watermelons "hanging" in the garden--more about that later).

So glad you got us for SRC. Great post!

chelsy said...

WATERMELON IS MY LIFE right now. Seriously, must try this yellow watermelon looks good...and you seriously cannot go wrong w/ pancetta. So yummy!

Gloria Baker said...

this sounds delicious!

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

I've been obsessed with watermelon this last month and love the yellow version. I've had watermelon & blue cheese salad before but never with pancetta or bacon - brilliant! Can't wait to make this!

Heather said...

That looks amazing and such a fresh salad to enjoy. I saw a yellow watermelon last week at the farmers market too, perhaps next time I should pick it up and try this out!

Camilla M. Mann said...

I'm visiting from Group A - I did an orphan rescue that posted today. I LOVE the look of this recipe. Yellow watermelon?!? I will be looking for that. And, if I find it, I will definitely be making it soon. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

I've never had a yellow watermelon! But now I really, really want to try one. This looks delicious!

Kate said...

Oh, my, how did I miss this on Deb's blog? Hers is one of my absolute favorites! Watermelon is on the farmers market run on Saturday.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

What a marvelous summer salad! Perfect choice for August!

Eat Laugh Love said...

Love when we get yellow watermelon in our CSA box and an interesting combo of flavors. We really enjoyed your bourbon pork chops!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I've never had that watermelon, it sounds awesome! I'll have to look for it.

Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet said...

LOVE a savory and sweet salad. This is perfect. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you.

Karen - Cinnamon Freud said...

This salad looks great! I have always wanted to try yellow watermelon, sounds delicious.

Margaret said...

What a great way to use watermelon.

jck said...

Sounds delicious. I'd love that with some arugula or baby greens. May have to try,

yummychunklet said...

100% yes to all these ingredients!