The other day I came across a recipe for a watermelon, tomato and red onion salad which was the inspiration for my Watermelon Dinner Salad. The flavors of watermelon and tomato blend surprising well and the cranberries add a little tang. This is a refreshing dish for summer and can be served as a light meal or as a first course.
Watermelon Dinner Salad
For the Dressing:
1/3 c. Raspberry-infused White Balsamic Vinegar (or any similar fruity vinegar)
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. honey
1/2 t. salt
For the Salad:
5 c. seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 c. sliced ripe tomatoes
1 1/4 c. sliced, peeled cucumbers
8 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into slices then torn into small pieces
1 – 1/2 heads romaine lettuce
1/4 c. fresh basil leaves
1/3 c. dried cranberries
freshly ground pepper (I use a green and pink peppercorn blend)
1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar. Screw the lid on and shake until ingredients are well-blended.
2. In a large bowl, gently toss together the watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers, mozzarella and dressing. Chill for about 1 hour before serving.
3. Just before serving, wash and dry lettuce and basil. Divide lettuce between plates. Top with salad. Garnish with basil leaves, dried cranberries and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle with a little extra honey. Enjoy!
I would have never thought to add watermelon to a salad. This looks absolutely delicious and refreshing! Can’t wait to try it.
I wish that I could take credit for the idea of adding watermelon to a salad. Just the recipe is mine : )
Just what you need on a nice summer evening
It has been a nice discovery : )
I must say, Laurie, I’ve never given much thought to watermelon in a salad before but this season, after seeing so many wonderful watermelon salads, I may just give one a try. Yours sounds delicious. I think the addition of mozzarella is fabulous!
Thank you so much for sharing…
Thanks, Dina. Have fun creating your salad : )
Lovely sounding watermelon salad. I have never thought to add tomatoes and onions. I did make a watermelon salad a few months ago…take a look if you have a moment. http://cottagegrovehouse.com/2013/05/03/refreshing-watermelon-mint-salad/
I’m an going to try your version, it sounds so refreshing and delicious.
Thanks! I enjoyed your post. … sorry that I missed it back in May.
I love watermelon salads and actually make them quite often. this one looks great, and is going directly to my recipe folder!
thank you very much!
Thanks, Karen. Do you have favorite watermelon combos?
As a matter of fact, I do! I got it from Woman’s Day Magazine and every time I’ve brought it anywhere, people rave about it. Here is the link:
Thanks for the link, Karen!