Before Watermelon and Cherry Tomato Season Ends . . .

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The peak season for both watermelon and cherry tomatoes is approaching its end. Since I love the beautiful array of colors in the gorgeous artisan cherry tomatoes I’ve written about before, I decided to throw caution to the wind and combine these two unlikely ingredients!

While I’ve previously shared my recipe for Refreshing Watermelon Feta Salad, I decided that my lovely green, yellow, orange, and tiger striped cherry tomatoes would be a lovely addition to a new version of one of our favorite summer salads.

This version was much quicker to make because I simplified the dressing and eliminated the thinly sliced red onion that had to be soaked in ice water for 30 minutes. A combination of minced herbs (mint, chives, and basil) replaced the one note flavor of mint from my previous recipe. I also thought that the milder flavor and creamy texture of the Fishing Creek Creamery Feta  provided a perfect balance to the sweetness of the watermelon and the acidity of the cherry tomatoes.  And, although you could easily serve this salad over greens as a first course, you can eliminate the greens and serve it after your main course – it will be almost as satisfying as dessert!

So, without further ado, here’s the recipe for my latest refreshing summer salad.

Watermelon and cherry tomato season both have only a month or so to go – please don’t wait ’til next year to try this delicious recipe!

Watermelon Cherry Tomato Salad
 
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This refreshing salad is great on its own after your main course or can be served on top of greens as a more substantial first course. Your choice!
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Recipe type: Easy Weeknight Meals
Cuisine: Southern with a Twist
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 cups watermelon balls, scooped with the larger end of a melon baller
  • 2-3 cups green, yellow, and orange cherry tomatoes, cut pole to pole
  • 1 Kirby cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces feta, cut into small pieces
  • 3-4 tablespoons finely minced fresh herbs (use a mixture of mint, chives, and basil)
  • Arugula, spinach, or spring mix (optional)

Instructions
  1. Combine the watermelon, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber in a pretty glass bowl. (Don’t make it too far ahead – if you do, be sure to drain the juice from the watermelon that will accumulate in the bottom of the bowl.)
  2. Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, and half of the minced herbs, and gently toss it with the salad.
  3. Add the feta and additional minced herbs. Toss gently and serve immediately.

Notes
© 2014 by Nancy Olah. All Rights Reserved.

 

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