Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tomato Watermelon Salad

Tomatoes and watermelon are perfect summer treats when eaten alone. But, combine them together and they're a wonderful merge of flavors. And, combining tomatoes and watermelons isn't that unusual, as tomatoes are considered a fruit. In fact, some folks have said what grows together, goes together which I'm not entirely sure applies to everything.

Seasonality is the key to this recipe that's best made during spring and summer months. That's when ingredients are at their peak of flavor and readily available in supermarkets and market stands. Its bright hues and refreshing flavors make this the perfect side dish for summer entertaining.

Delicious served as a side dish or main course. This salad is best served at room temperature. Dress the salad right before serving.

Tomato Watermelon Salad (dressing is first)
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 beefsteak (or other large variety) tomatoes, stemmed, washed and dried
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, stemmed, washed and dried
  • 1 TBSP chopped tarragon leaves; mint leaves work too
  • 4-6 strawberries, hulled, washed and cut into small pieces
  • Thinly sliced cucumber (optional)
  • Sea salt to season
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tsp superfine (or granulated) sugar
  • 6 ounces cold watermelon rind removed, seeded, cut into bite-size cubes
An optional addition of chopped avocados adds more flavor and texture. 
  1. In a bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil. Taste for seasoning and set aside.
  2. Place the tomatoes on a flat surface. Cut the smaller ones in half and the larger ones into slices. Arrange in a single layer, flesh side up and season with salt, black pepper and sugar. Drizzle the tomatoes with the dressing. Toss with the tarragon and strawberries.
  3. Arrange the tomatoes down the length of 6 rectangular plates. Drizzle with the remaining dressing (may need another whisk) and top with watermelon. Serve immediately.
This salad looks so colorful, you might be tempted to look at it, but (trust me) it's best enjoyed when eaten.


Out on the prairie said...

An interesting array of color. I bought a watermelon last week and ate it all in 4 days by myself. I have 8 kinds of tomato to use this year once they start coming on.

Latane Barton said...

Well, who woulda thunk it? And, it sounds great, looks great, one of those 'have to try' pics you see from time to time.

Sandra said...

it looks good, very pretty, not sure how i would like vinegar on watermelon and strawberries though..

William Kendall said...

An unusual combination!

Emma Springfield said...

I would have never thought to mix the two. I cannot imagine them together so I guess I will just have to make this salad and try it.

L. D. said...

That is s new one but sounds like it would be good.

Michelle said...

This sounds wonderful!

Elaine said...

Not a combination I would have thought of, but certainly worth a try. Everybody needs to shake up their menus every so often.

Daisy said...

Healthy and colorful!

Rebecca said...

That looks so interesting! I'll have to try it.

Kay G. said...

This looks so good.
My favorite thing on the table during the summer as a child-
thinly sliced cucumbers with slices of tomatoes, fresh from the garden. That is still my favorite!!

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