SoDo Watermelon + Blue Cheese Salad


SoDo is Reno’s newest restaurant and bar located in the heart of South Downtown, with comfortable, contemporary cuisine and the freshest local ingredients, prepared with style and innovation. Executive Chef David Stern introduces traditional ingredients from around the world in his menu, using his classically-trained technique to prepare them with North American style. Coming from a New York culinary family of restaurateurs and chefs, Stern graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He then expanded his knowledge in nearly every aspect of the restaurant industry, from banquet chef, to bartender, to general manager – and now executive chef and partner in SoDo.  Bring SoDo tastes to your kitchen with this great summer salad recipe provided by Chef Stern himself.

Watermelon + Blue Cheese Salad

  • 1 cup Watermelon 1/4″ dice
  • 3 tbsp Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 1 tbsp Basil Oil
  • 2 tbsp Mint Gastrique
  • 1 cup Local Sunflower Shoots (Earth Alchemy Farms)
  • 1/4 cup Julienne Red Onion
  • Drizzle Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Mint Gastrique Recipe:

  • 1 Part White Wine
  • 1 Part White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Part Sugar
  • Fresh Mint

add all ingredients in sauce pot and reduce until syrup like consistency