Watermelon and tomato salad is so good.  My family loved it.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

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 watermelon and tomato 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 watermelon and tomato salad is better than I thought it would be since it pairs tomatoes and watermelon. I will definitely make this again and again and serve it on derby day or any day I need a delicious salad to serve family and guests.   You might also like to check out our bacon artichoke pasta salad.

Watermelon and tomato salad is delicious!

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.
Watermelon and Tomato Salad
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  1. I make a salad like this but I put white balsamic vinegar and mango balsamic vinegar it really brings out the flavor and sweetness of the fruit

  2. I have made this salad twice. The first time I took it to a fellowship dinner at church. There were a lot of visitors there that day & several people asked me for the recipe. Since i made it for a friend following a strict eating plan, I didn’t add the olive oil. I did take the seeds from the cucumber, tho, thinking it would keep it from getting too wet. It’s a delicious salad.

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

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