This watermelon with fleur de sel is the easiest summer dessert we’ve ever made. Simply sprinkle watermelon slices with coarse salt and devour.
LC Salty Sweet Surprise Note
As much as we find ourselves swooning over a wedge of watermelon and nothing else save for a stream of sticky juice dribbling down our chins, we’re also proponents of watermelon plus one. As in, watermelon plus a squeeze of lime. Watermelon plus a potent rub of ginger. Watermelon plus vodka, whether a shot taken as a chaser or a bottle harnessed as a sousing, er, dousing agent for the entire oblong melon. And watermelon plus a sprinkling of coarse, crunchy fleur de sel. This last one may be the simplest, most scintillating plus one we’ve tried, enhancing yet not obscuring the watery fruit’s inherent sweetness. A salty sweet surprise. Hello, summer.
Watermelon with Fleur de Sel
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 4
Slice a portion of the watermelon, rind and all, into 4 slices or wedges. Set the rest of it aside. (You’ll probably be back for more in a second.)
Sprinkle each wedge with a scant pinch of the fleur de sel.
Serve immediately. Go back for seconds.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I’m perhaps not the most impartial person to ask as my favorite accompaniment to watermelon has long been napkins—lots and lots of napkins. But the sweet saltiness of fleur de sel sprinkled on top sorta astonished me.
The approach couldn’t be easier, yet has its own sort of elegance about it. And it’s really something to see the expression on other peoples’ faces when you set out a platter of this simple yet stunning summeriness. It’s a casual yet sophisticated take on a summer classic. Well, as sophisticated as drippy, juicy watermelon can aspire to be.
It’s September already and time to savor the remaining goodness of summer. I spotted a small watermelon at the farmers market and it was yellow and not seedless. I set the watermelon chunk on a plate, sprinkled with the coarse salt, and dove right in. The little tingle of salt was thrilling, most especially for a serious under-salter like me. That little salty tingle kept me right on going through the baby watermelon till it was gone–be forewarned!
The going back for seconds part of the instructions leads easily to going back for thirds and more, notwithstanding that I was devouring and simultaneously spitting seeds, lot of seeds, and then immediately back for more! I’m hoping summer gives us a few more weeks of watermelons so this can be enjoyed with any variety of watermelon that comes along, red or yellow, large or small!