Before Watermelon and Cherry Tomato Season Ends . . .


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
Prep time

Total time


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!
Recipe type: Easy Weeknight Meals
Cuisine: Southern with a Twist
Serves: 4

  • 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)

  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.

© 2014 by Nancy Olah. All Rights Reserved.



Celebrate Labor Day with My Easy Grilled Pineapple Chicken Salad

Happy Labor Day! If you’d like to know a little more about the history of Labor Day, check out this link. If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous than a grilled burger to enjoy today, I hope you’ll fix my Grilled Pineapple Chicken Salad. I created it for an impromptu cookout with friends… 

Read More »


What’s More Southern Than (Oven) Fried Green Tomatoes?

Fried Green Tomatoes are a Southern delicacy.  (Heck, most Southerners like everything that can possibly be deep fried – pickles, Oreos, Twinkies- you name it!) Although I count myself as a semi-Southerner (after 33 years south of the Mason-Dixon line), I have learned that I can adapt Southern favorites to please my Southern man, while… 

Read More »


Using Summer Produce at its Peak

  The last month of summer is a bittersweet time for me. All our favorite summer vegetables are at their peak. Our son is back at college for his senior year (which explains my hiatus from my blog) and my hubby and I are reassessing how to eat healthier in his absence. (Because frankly, our… 

Read More »


Torchiette with Chicken and Apple Sausage, Red Grapes and Gorgonzola

Here are some things I love: I love finding new meatless products and figuring out how to use them. I love finding bargains in the market or my grocery store. I love mixing ingredients in combinations that don’t seem obvious at first – but which turn out to be delicious. Tonight was one of those… 

Read More »