THE LATE SUMMER SALAD YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS WEEKEND
Care of Miami’s best Greek restaurant, Mandolin.
To put it bluntly, Anastasia Koutsioukis—otherwise known as the co-owner of Mandolin (quite possibly the best restaurant in Miami), otherwise known as @mrsmandolin (the prettiest food-meets-travel-meets-generally-aspirational-lifestyle Instagram out there)—is the woman you wish you could be when you *grow up.* She’s the kind of person who can simultaneously whip you up a four-course breakfast while chatting about Mandolin’s world domination (the restaurant is now in four Soho House locations across the globe) and opening a new Mrs. Mandolin lifestyle store and restaurant in Miami, all without breaking a sweat in Gianvito Rossi stilettos. And we know this because that’s exactly what she did for us when we visited her at her Miami Design District home. In all honesty, when we showed up, we expected that Koutsioukis would maybe share one recipe and then show us how she manages to make her dishes look so damn pretty. Instead she shared half a dozen and patiently explained to us the intricacies of making beautiful food, the lesson being that if food looks good, it probably tastes good too. Put that maxim to the test with this melon salad—we promise you’ll be the hit of any potluck or barbecue you’re attending this weekend.
1 small orange-flesh honeydew melon/cantaloupe
(Tip:When buying a melon, the fruit should have a blossomy smell to it
and be slightly soft to the touch to ensure ripeness and sweetness.)
3/4 cup Greek feta cheese
1.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pistachios
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon sumac
1/4 teaspoon (generous pinch) Aleppo pepper
1/4 teaspoon smoky pepper (urfa pepper/chipotle or smoked paprika)
Drizzle of Greek thyme honey (optional)
Small bunch of fresh mint (about 10-12 leaves)