I visited a friend in France earlier this month and it was boiling!! I’m not known for my love of healthy food (although I do maintain that I’m not a fussy eater) but this salad was incredible and deserves to be my much-anticipated () first food blog.
In Winter time, I really don’t think you can beat a cheesy feast; whether it be crusty baguette dipped into roasted Camembert or buttery new potatoes being dunked into the Gruyère cheese fondue – just thinking about it is making me want to fast forward to ski season…or rewind to that Birthday Fondue (suitably washed down with homemade-in-the-dishwasher Toffee Vodka). What else?
I don’t want to discriminate against Cheese but in the 33 degree heat of a French summer, a bubbling melting pot of fromage is not what you need. And that’s where you say Bienvenue to Chef Becca and her Watermelon, Tuna & Feta salad, inspired by the Body Coach.
It’s fair to say I’m not exactly a whizz in the kitchen (my role in the Christmas Dinner prep is that of ‘Kitchen Porter’ – I’ve only just graduated to being trusted to open the prosecco) but this is easy even for an amateur like me.
Becca had found it in her Lean In 15 book by the Body Coach, Joe Wicks. He’s popping up all over the place at the moment and you can even find his recipe books on ASOS here.
Ingredients for 4 People (all available from Waitrose):
Tuna Steak (steak de thon) £6.99 for 2 steaks, you’ll need 2 packs for 4 people
Watermelon (pastèque) £3.49 (1 will do the job)
Feta Cheese (feta) £2.29 (1 will do the job, unless you love cheese, in which case get 2 more)
Baby Spinach £1.39 (2 packets for 4 people)
Basil (basilic) £2.00
Walnuts (noix – apparently this is the Frenchie’s ‘national nut’) £2.35 per bag
Tip: If you buy your tuna steaks on a Friday, you’ll get 20% off as part of Waitrose’s ‘Fish Friday’s’. You can also take advantage of their ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ which as the name suggests means you pick your own…offers. You simply select 10 of your favourite products and you’ll get 20% off all of them when you shop using your Waitrose card. More information can be found here.
Tuna Steak: depending on thickness, cook for 2 minutes on each side for optimum ‘seared-ness’
Watermelon: chop into chunks or if we want to sound more authoritative ‘cube’
Feta: same as the watermelon
Basil/Spinach: Tear into big bowl and mix
Drizzle over some olive oil to finish & sprinkle on the nuts and you’re done
To Finish It Off:
It goes really well with a Rosé Wine – I’d recommend a couple of French ones, in keeping with this post that are currently on offer, 20% off, from Waitrose. This meal isn’t exactly a stomach liner, so if you’re wanting to get casually drunk – it’s perfect. Depending on your three other dinner guests, 1 bottle per guest should do the trick.
Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé Was £12.99, now £10.39
Bijou Cabrieres Cuvee Sophie Valrose £8.49 (and buyer’s choice)
A refreshing and surprisingly filling salad that hits the spot on a Summer’s Day. The combination of melon, feta and tuna is ridiculously (and weirdly) good and the basil and spinach helps to mop up the juices. Not only that, but tuna is known for its heart health benefits: totally off-setting your bottle or two of Rosé. I’m ‘n it even more.