This recipe for watermelon and tomato salad is so good.  My family loved it.  Recently, I was watching a local show on television called Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs.  The host of the show had the chef from Churchill Downs on as his guest.  He made a salad similar to this one on the show.  He said it would be served on Millionaire’s Row at the derby this year.  He did not give any proportions but I did get the ingredients and made my own “derby” salad. I did try to find the recipe on the website but could not locate it.  This salad is better than I thought it would be since it pairs tomatoes and watermelon. I will definitely make this again and again.

1 pint grape tomatoes or about 2 cups (I cut the ends off and sliced some in half, left a few whole)
1 pear tomato, chopped
1 regular tomato, chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped onion (I used sweet Vidalia)
3 to 4 cups chopped watermelon
Juice from 1 fresh lemon or about 3 tablespoons
5 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh mint leaves, Optional (I chopped about 3 or 4 and added to salad)
Combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion and watermelon in salad bowl.  Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, basil, salt and pepper. Add chopped mint leaves. Toss dressing with salad. Chill and serve. Can garnish with mint leaves before serving.   Makes about 8 servings.
Note:  You could use red and yellow tomatoes for more color.  You could also add green pepper to this or any ingredients you like to make it your own.
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  1. wanda grubbs alexander says:

    a must try and will when i get homein a day or so love southern lady……

  2. I really like that show. The bluegrass does have some amazing food things to celebrate.

  3. I love all ingredients But never thought to put together,Will differently have to try.

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