Watermelon / Tomato /Basil Salad

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If ever there was a fruit that described summertime it would have be a tie between watermelon and backyard, vine ripe tomatoes! I simply can not get enough of either this year, separate or together. I know the combination of watermelon and tomato sounds odd, but let me tell ya, it works and it works well, this is so dang good.

My husband and I love to grow tomatoes in our backyard. Well, to be honest, I like to plant them and he likes to maintain them, it's a good partnership. He's so cute he goes out there with the clippers and it's like he's pretending he's in Italy tending to the harvest...but we have like 5 maybe 6 plants if we're lucky. But they produce, one year we were giving away bags and bags to the neighbors. It's a fun little hobby for us!

Anyway...back to the recipe. This is another one I picked up at a cooking workshop in France about this time last year (Mimi's 2019 Workshops are open for booking!). It's really so simple but you have to use the freshest and most ripe ingredients you can find. There's not an exact recipe so just eyeball it based on your taste buds how much you want to make. (Links and process pix below)

Stuff you need:

Serves: 6 ppl as a side dish
Time: 15 active and 75 min (with chilling)
1 small/medium seedless (ripe) watermelon - diced into bite-size pieces
3-4 small to medium very ripe tomatoes - diced into bite-size pieces
8-10 fresh basil leaves - roughly torn
3-4 pinches of fine sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar (I prefer a thick balsamic)
2 Tablespoons of good table olive oil
 

How To:

In a large bowl combine the diced watermelon, tomato and torn basil. Sprinkle with 2 pinches of the fine sea salt.

In a separate, small bowl make the dressing/marinade. Combine the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and two additional pinches of fine sea salt and pepper. Whisk ingredients together until emulsified.

Pour the marinade over the fruit and basil. Scooping all the way to the bottom gently mix until all the fruit is covered. Cover and chill for an hour, stirring after 30 min. 

Serve it up and enjoy! :)

NOTES - you certainly don't have to chill this salad. I've had it within a few minutes of making it and it's just fine. I find it when chilled it makes a nice refreshing side dish, especially on these sweltering hot days.  

Bite Size Tomato and Fresh Basil

Bite Size Tomato and Fresh Basil

Bite Size Watermelon - I try to get the melon and tomato about the same size

Bite Size Watermelon - I try to get the melon and tomato about the same size

This is my favorite brand of  sea salt .

This is my favorite brand of sea salt.

Olive Oil,  balsamic vinegar  and sea salt - prior to mixing

Olive Oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt - prior to mixing

YUM!

YUM!

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