A refreshing salad of watermelon and strawberries is one of my favourite fruit combinations.
2 tbsp caster sugar
4 slices of ginger
1 vanilla pod, split in half
1 tsp rosewater
8 slices of watermelon
250g strawberries, sliced into rounds
roughly chopped pistachios, to serve
natural yoghurt (optional)
1. Make a light sugar syrup by combining the caster sugar with 125 millilitres (½ cup) of water, ginger and vanilla in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over a low-medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, and continue to simmer until lightly syrupy. Let cool then stir in rosewater.
2. Arrange watermelon slices on a plate and top with strawberries, and pour over the syrup. Just before serving, scatter over some pistachios. Dollops of natural yoghurt turn this salad into a light summery dessert.