eating hand to mouth August 12, 2008

Acsalad1During my week taking part in the Eat Local Challenge – something I am *still* trying to incorporate into my normal routine – I had my second article due for Deep Dish over at Atlanta Cuisine. It was easy to be inspired by all of amazing produce available at the local farmer’s markets during the summer months.

Beautiful heirloom tomatoes came together with a small organic-ly grown watermelon, fresh basil, and Sweetgrass Dairy goat cheese to make this delicious summer dinner salad – great textures and flavors all combined with the added bonus of being grown locally.

While some of these items may not be plentiful where you are this time of year, the premise is still the same: use what is in front of you at the time….for freshness in both taste and ideas. The loosey-goosey recipe for this salad is here at the end of the post but you can read the full article here at Atlanta Cuisine.

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Serves 2 as an entree-size salad

• 2 green zebra heirloom tomatoes – washed and cut into wedges
• 1 large mortgage lifter tomato or other red heirloom tomato – washed and cut into wedges
• 1 pint small fry, red currant or other small red tomatoes – rinsed and caps removed if desires
• 1 small watermelon – seeds removed and cut into small wedges or slices – about 8 slices per plate
• 1 8 oz. tub of Sweetgrass Dairy fresh chevre
• 1 small bunch fresh basil – washed and dried and smaller leaves picked and kept whole
• good quality extra virgin olive oil
• sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
• good quality balsamic vinegar – optional

Arrange watermelon slices on plate as desired to form the base of your
salad. Scatter heirloom tomato slices over the watermelon and place
smaller tomatoes whole across the plate. Sprinkle basil leaves over the
entire plate and add dabs of goat cheese, to taste. Drizzle the plate
with a thin stream of extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and
pepper. If you want to take this more into the realm of a Caprese
salad, you can add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to the salad. Serve
immediately.

Comments

PaniniKathy Aug 12, 2008 10:08 am

If it’s true that you eat with your eyes, my eyes are salivating over those beautiful colors!!

deanna Aug 12, 2008 10:08 pm

Amazingly simple and beautiful! I love this idea and am going to track down some heirlooms on farmer’s market Thursday this week. Yum!

Food Rockz Man Aug 13, 2008 07:08 am

Have I mentioned that I adore you? Yeah . . . I’m still your biggest fan. This is really beautiful. I never would have thought to combine melon with tomatoes. This is now on my menu for the coming weekend.

Maria Aug 13, 2008 10:08 am

The perfect summer dinner!

Katie Aug 13, 2008 10:08 am

this looks FRESH! i love it. i’m a huge fan of watermelon salads. i’ll have to try.

Hillary Aug 14, 2008 10:08 am

Tomatoes and watermelon are both so versatile but I never thought about putting them together. Nice colors from the green heirlooms!

Preston Aug 16, 2008 10:08 am

Looks beautiful and all the items are available fresh grown in NJ where I live. It’s such a simple dish but I bet it tastes wonderful. I plan to try this one.

Jude Aug 19, 2008 05:08 pm

Perfect summer salad… I rarely drool over salads but this is an exception. Reminds me of that ferran adria tapas recipe.

Jacob Aug 24, 2008 12:08 pm

When are you going to be on Splendid Table on NPR?

maybelles mom (feeding maybelle) Sep 7, 2008 04:09 pm

Oh, i love watermelon and tomato.

michelle @ TNS Sep 19, 2008 06:09 pm

the only thing better than a really good, fresh salad is a really good, fresh salad that looks like candy.