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Grilled Farmer’s Cheese and Watermelon


Bunch celery leaves

Bunch arugula leaves

½ teaspoon lemon zest

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

3 ounces farmer’s cheese (Minori or any other firm, dry white cheese), sliced to match size of watermelon

4 slabs watermelon, 1-inch thick


  1. In a bowl, lightly toss celery leaves, arugula, lemon zest, two ounces of oil, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a non-stick pan over high heat, quickly grill or sear cheese with a small amount of cooking oil.
  3. Arrange watermelon on two plates with a few leaves of arugula and top each slab with seared cheese. Place the celery leaves on top of cheese and finish with more olive oil and sea salt. Serve immediately.
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