Summer Surprise Salad
4 servings


This colorful, easy salad offers a surprising—but delicious—combination of watermelon and tomato. If cotija is unavailable, substitute feta.

3 to 4 cups watermelon chunks (1-inch chunks), seeds removed
3 cups halved yellow cherry tomatoes, or yellow heritage tomato chunks (3⁄4-inch chunks)
1⁄2 cup crumbled fresh cotija cheese
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fruit-infused or plain balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
11⁄2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt for individual use

In large bowl or sealable container, combine watermelon, tomatoes and cheese; stir gently to mix. Combine oil and vinegar in a small jar; pack chopped herbs in a small container. When you’re ready to serve the salad, shake the dressing well; pour over salad and stir gently. Sprinkle herbs over salad, and grind a good amount of black pepper over the salad; stir again and serve, offering the salt to those who want more.

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