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Summer Fig and Watermelon Salad with Feta and Claimstake Brewing Company’s Scotty’s Blonde Ale

05/31/2017 04:36PM ● Published by Style


Balsamic glaze is a syrup of concentrated, cooked down, sweetened balsamic vinegar; it adds a sweet and tangy element to this refreshing salad. Look for it near the vinegar in the grocery store. You can also make your own: Pour balsamic vinegar into a saucepan and cook over medium heat until it’s syrupy.

  • 1/2 small watermelon, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup thinly, vertically sliced red onion
  • 2 large fresh Calimyrna or other green-skinned figs, stemmed
  • 2 large fresh Brown Turkey, Black Mission or Striped Tiger figs, stemmed
  • 1 oz. crumbled feta cheese (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic glaze
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1. Arrange the watermelon on a serving platter; top evenly with the onion.

2. Halve the figs lengthwise; arrange them on the platter and sprinkle with the cheese.

3. Combine the oil, juice and honey, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over the salad; sprinkle with the mint and basil. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the salad; sprinkle evenly with the salt and black pepper.

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ABV: 4.5% IBU: 15

Claimstake Brewing in Rancho Cordova is a newer kid on the brewery block (they celebrated their one-year anniversary in March) that’s making a big splash on the Sacramento beer scene. Though mostly known for their IPAs, the 10-barrell, small-batch brewhouse features an impressive array of other, constantly rotating styles as well—from a sour mash ale (Manus to Society) made with cherry and plum, to a chocolate oatmeal stout (Mikey Likes It). The refreshing, easy-to-drink Scotty’s Blonde Ale features notes of fruit and honey with a clean, slightly bitter finish, and is an ideal summertime sipper. Its lower alcohol content and fruity aroma make it a perfect pairing for this month’s Fig and Watermelon Salad.
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Overall Rating is the average score (out of 5) compiled by Style staff tasters. Ratings should be taken with a grain of salt, as we are by no means “experts”—just hard-working employees who enjoy imbibing.

Cookbook and recipes photos excerpted from Everyday Vegetarian by the editors of Cooking Light. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved. Beer photo courtesy of Claimstake. Wine photos courtesy of Soda Pop PR.

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