August is prime time for ripe summer tomatoes as well as succulent, sweet, juicy watermelon. If you have never tried combining these two seasonal favorites, now is the time with this easy recipe for Tomato Watermelon Salad. All you need is tomatoes, watermelon, fresh basil and crumbled goat cheese. Toss these gently together and simply top with freshly ground pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Serve this as a starter with dinner or as a light lunch salad.
Watermelon and tomatoes are super healthy with an antioxidant in common. They both contain lycopene, a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color. Lycopene is important for cardiovascular health, bone health and to maintain healthy skin. Many people think tomatoes actually have more lycopene, but watermelon is a more concentrated source. Having both in this salad recipe is a win-win.
You may want to double this recipe - it’s really that good. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in a Ziploc® Brand Container for up to two days.
Tomato Watermelon Salad
Prep: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
- 2 cups chopped fresh watermelon
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- ⅓ cup crumbled goat cheese
- Balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper (optional)
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, watermelon, basil and goat cheese, mixing gently. Drizzle with balsamic and oil; season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired, and serve immediately.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy watermelon in the summertime?
Photo courtesy of Alison Lewis.