Chilled Watermelon Salad with Lime & Basil

Cool & refreshing.

About a year ago, we had an old barn removed from our property. I wrote about it then, in a post Turn Right Where The Barn Used To Be. It had been a landmark in our neighborhood, one that neighbors had trouble letting go of. But as the year went on, people grew accustomed to seeing the new stonewall that had been the barn’s foundation. Hidden over the years, once revealed it, too, has become a treasure in the neighborhood.

This week we installed a perennial bed in the spot where the barn used to be. The Stonewall Garden, we hope, will bring joy and color to our little corner over the years and for generations to come. And will become a new landmark. Turn right at the Stonewall Garden will likely be the new refrain.

  1. Gardening installation is difficult work on a hot summer day, so we refreshed ourselves afterward with this Chilled Watermelon Salad with Lime and Fresh Basil. The cold melon is sweetened a bit with grenadine and wine. Lime juice created a tart balance to the sweet, while the basil brings the aromas and textures of summer into this simple but satisfying dish.


    I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen, gathering flavors, soon.



    1. You can find the recipe for Chilled Watermelon Salad here.
    2. You can view another version of this post here.
    3. The Stonewall Garden can be found in Etna at the corner of Etna Road and Bent Road, just a little bit above lower Dogford. Turn right and stop in to say hello.
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