Say ‘hi’ to a salad that’s like the nineties song ‘summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind.’ A salad with a laid-back nature. The watermelon in particular evokes memories of sun, see and beaches. But there’s more than melon to this mix, in fact there is a whole list: cucumber, tomato, lettuce, fennel, feta cheese, herbs, almonds, red pepper and black lentils. Think freshness with a bite and a touch of salt. Pay attention to the nice rendezvous of fennel – love the sweet anise taste – and mint leaves. Liquid candy runs through this salad too: a vinaigrette of raspberry. You’ll find this masterpiece on the menu of Venkel, an organic salad bar and takeaway with a fresh interior full of natural elements (plants, wood). Each season the salad chefs compose various salads, but you can also create your own. Most ingredients of Venkel are delivered by farmers around Amsterdam. More local stuff: the honey made by Amsterdam bees near the Amstel. Buy a jar of it as a present. But whatever you do, don’t leave the place without a sip of the delicious home-made almond milk. Soothing in summer and winter alike.
Watermelon-lentils salad, one portion, €8.50
Albert Cuypstraat 22, South (De Pijp)
+31 (0) 20 772 31 98
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm