Tomato & Watermelon Salad

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I feel like I’ve seen so many versions of Tomato & Watermelon salads out there. They’re usually made with some variation of feta, mozzarella, basil and mint. But as I was passing through this recipe from Dr. Andrew Weil’s (love him!) True Food Cookbook, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw goat cheese & roasted cashews. Now THAT’S different. I just had to.

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I expected it to be simple, not Earth shattering. In my head the watermelon would balance out the acid of the tomatoes. The cashews would be crunchy and the basil would give it that oomph it needed. In reality, the flavors were complex. They were different. They intrigued me!  I couldn’t stop eating!

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This is the type of inspiration I would get from ordering something at a fancy restaurant…yet I sat in my kitchen eating this.

It’s summer in a bowl, folks. And summer is so dang FANCY.

And we’re off! Ingredient gathering. Pepper is not pictured. It rarely is. It’s one of those last minute things.

Sorry pepper. I still love you. You know I do…

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This is just a simple salad. Compose it yourself! Tomatoes & Watermelon are your paint.

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Layer both of them in bowls. COLOR!

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Top with big crumbles of goat cheese, cashews & basil.

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Drizzle the top with white balsamic & olive oil. White balsamic is super mellow. It also is clear so we don’t distract from the colorful fruits!

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Serve with crusty bread. I use my panini press like it’s going out of style.

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SIMPLE/COMPLEX/GOODNESS

Tomato & Watermelon Salad

makes 4 servings

recipe slightly adapted by True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure

  • 1 lb. watermelon, rind removed and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 4 heirloom tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
  • 4 oz. soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted unsalted cashews

Divide the watermelon pieces and tomatoes among salad plates. Top with the basil, goat cheese, and cashews. Drizzle each plate with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt & pepper and serve.

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  • July 31, 2013

    Tracey, this salad looks the business. The summahtime business. On a hot day a bowl of this would be a welcome taste sensation. Simple, complex, awesome.

  • Nicola
    July 31, 2013

    Much as I dislike summer in Australia (humid!!!!), this will certainly perk up a warm evening sometime in January….

  • I’ve been wanting to try something like this for so long! LOVE the colours and flavours in there. It looks great!

  • July 31, 2013

    This looks so delicious and fresh for the summer!
    Can’t wait to make this. Watermelon and tomatoes are just a foolproof combo.
    Beautiful photos.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  • This looks absolutely gorgeous! Oooo the colours!

  • Kelsey
    July 31, 2013

    Oooh my girl and I split this salad at True Food Kitchen Denver last week. It was super tasty. As was the mushroom pizza I had with it!

  • July 31, 2013

    Simple, easy and awesome!! I love the addition of the cashews, they are my favorite!

  • Fancy brilliance!

  • i agree I just finished reading few recipes involving feta, basil, and tomato. This def. is different and cashew nuts changes everything for me.

  • July 31, 2013

    I love watermelon. And tomatoes! And everything is better with goat cheese! Great salad!

  • July 31, 2013

    HELL YES!! I love this.

  • July 31, 2013

    This is gorgeous. Love all these things. I added barley to my watermelon salad last year and it was kind of a game-changer. The textures are like whoa.

    http://www.careyonlovely.com/2012/07/tomato-watermelon-salad-with-feta-and.html

  • July 31, 2013

    This looks incredible! I’m always up for summer in a bowl :) Your photos just make the colors pop! Pretty!

  • July 31, 2013

    So cliche, but um, I love everything about this. And that’s the dang truth.

    • Tracy
      July 31, 2013

      I love your cliches.

  • Alexandra
    July 31, 2013

    Thank you for posting this! It’s the perfect summer salad.

  • Michelle
    July 31, 2013

    Yum, love this combination! I made this one once: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Tomato-and-Watermelon-Salad-352389 – just though I’d share, the organized presentation/addition of avocado seemed right up your alley. :)

    • Tracy
      July 31, 2013

      That elevated my heart rate!! Can you imagine putting that all together? WHEW!!

  • Jen
    July 31, 2013

    OH! I have some of that stuff at home. I’m going to try it with fresh bocchini.

  • July 31, 2013

    Watermelon , tomato, bread, YES! Gurl, you got it goin on here.

  • July 31, 2013

    These kinds of the recipes are the best. Throwing together several ingredients might probably work together then have them blow your mind. The best!

  • August 1, 2013

    Yum! I love Dr. Weil. I just pinned this recipe — I could eat bowls of that stuff! Yum!

  • August 1, 2013

    watermelon and goat cheese are always the best combination! x

  • August 1, 2013

    that looks sooo delicious! love that combi!
    Greets from germany

  • serg
    August 2, 2013

    Thanks for the most awesome summertime salad. *nom nom nom*

  • August 2, 2013

    That is some of the most beautiful looking food I’ve ever seen.

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