Summer is definitely here and along with the higher temperatures, I’ve been craving fresh, flavorful food that won’t weigh me down. Watermelon has always been a favorite summer treat. Sweet and crunchy, cool and refreshing. But I’ve never made a watermelon salad before. I was doing some research on other recipes before creating my own and I noticed that most watermelon salad recipes either have mint or feta in them. I’m not a big fan of mint and while I love feta, we are not eating cheese at the moment. So, I decided basil would be perfect. It’s not as though basil and watermelon are a revolutionary combination – people do this all the time – but it’s new to me, and now I know what all the fuss is about! They are beautiful flavors together.
I decided not to add any oil or complicated dressing because, to me, that defeats the purpose of having such a fresh fruit salad. I opted for the juice of a fresh lime which brightened all of the flavors perfectly. A little salt and pepper, and it was complete.
The tart tomatoes, tangy lime, sweet watermelon, fresh basil and crunchy cumber all came together to make one of the best things I’ve made in a while. The flavors were perfectly balanced and it was delicious as a savory/sweet side to a dinner of open faced, grilled eggplant sandwiches.
Make sure you start with cold ingredients so that you can serve it immediately. If you let it sit, it gets very watery. Still delicious, but not ideal. Do you have a favorite fruit salad recipe you can’t get enough of? This is a whole new world and I need more ideas!
1/2 7lb watermelon
1 package of grape tomatoes
1/2 a large cucumber
about a 1/2 cup of basil
Cut the watermelon into uniform cubes. Slice the tomatoes in half. Peel the cucumber, cut in half then fourths, and cut into bit sized chunks.
Pile all of the basil leaves onto one another and roll up like a newspaper. Cut the roll into strips.
Place the melon, cucumber, tomatoes and basil into a bowl and squeeze the lime over them. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I did 3 pinches of salt and 2 pinches of pepper) and mix well.
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