Shaved Cucumber, Fennel, and Watermelon Salad

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Ricotta salata is a firmer version of fresh ricotta that is perfect for shaving over summer sides like this sweet-and-savory watermelon, fennel, and cucumber salad.


  • 4 cucumbers

  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, plus

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fronds

  • 3 ½ pounds watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 ounces ricotta salata


  1. Using a mandoline, slice cucumbers lengthwise into paper-thin slices; slice fennel bulb crosswise into paper-thin slices. Combine cucumbers and fennel in a large serving bowl. Add watermelon, fennel fronds, lemon juice, and oil. Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Using a vegetable peeler, shave ricotta salata over salad, and serve.

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