Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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Watermelon is the epitome of summer to me and it is one fruit I just can’t seem to get enough of.  Until I tasted this refreshing Watermelon and Tomato Salad I never would have thought to combine such a sweet fruit with fresh tomatoes.  The combination is quite a delicious surprise and hits many notes of flavor.

Let’s begin with the sweet juiciness of watermelon, then add tomatoes, which I typically think of as a savory vegetable (even though it is botanically considered a fruit), add the saltiness of feta cheese crumbles, then toss it all together with fresh herbs and a light vinaigrette seasoned with our Mediterranean inspired nut & spice mix, called Cairo.

I grow lots of herbs in my garden and chose to use fresh oregano in this salad to give it a peppery herb flavor but other herbs which would also work beautifully in this salad are fresh basil, cilantro, or flat leaf parsley.  When mixing together the ingredients for the vinaigrette, it is important to taste as you go and adjust the seasonings to your own preferences.  I would be careful with the salt because of the existing saltiness of the feta cheese and you can certainly omit the honey if your watermelon is already super sweet.  The crunch and spiciness of the Cairo nut & spice mix is a wonderful surprise note of flavors; just a touch of fennel & cumin flavor gives it a bit of interest.

This is a wonderfully refreshing salad combining two summer favorites – watermelon and tomato.  If you never thought these two would pair well, it’s time to give it a try.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Yield: serves 3-6

Ingredients

  • Cairo nut & spice mix
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, preferably in season & locally grown
  • 3 cups watermelon, cubed & seedless
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup oregano, fresh & chopped

Instructions

  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and place into a large bowl along with the cubed watermelon.
  2. Whisk together the Cairo nut & spice mix, olive oil, lemon juice, pinch of salt, & honey.
  3. Add to the tomato & watermelon mixture, as well as the fresh oregano and feta cheese crumbles. Toss gently, taste and adjust seasonings, and serve.

Notes

The Mumbai nut & spice mix would also work well with this salad.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad -Glory Kitchen
Watermelon and Tomato Salad -Glory Kitchen
Watermelon and Tomato Salad -Glory Kitchen