Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Feta and Herbs

Nothing says summer quite like a juicy watermelon.  And watermelon just happens to pair beautifully with the tomatoes that are so plentiful in my kitchen garden during the month of August.  This is an easy-to-make salad that is at home on your table any day for lunch or dinner.  And it's a colorful addition when you're entertaining, adding a bright fresh note.  

tomato salad with watermelon and feta

To make:

Cube fresh watermelon and halve fresh cherry tomatoes (about half a cup of each per person).  Crumble feta or goat cheese on top, add fresh herbs (chives, parsley and basil are a nice combination, but don't forget mint, oregano and thyme).  For a salad dressing, try a splash of olive oil (optional) and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime. Finish with cracked black pepper and sea salt.

Or try this variation for company -- to be served on a cutting board for an impressive array.

Alternate slices of tomato and watermelon, add feta cheese and purple basil, top with a grind or two of fresh black pepper, a pinch of salt, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil and splash of white balsamic vinegar or fresh lemon juice.  Just before serving, top with a few chopped nuts (toasted walnuts or pistachio are favorites) to add a little crunch and color.   

Could summer be any more delicious than this?   And if served on a wooden cutting board  like this one, serving and clean up couldn't be any easier!


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