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Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad


This delicious heirloom tomato and watermelon salad recipe is courtesy of Laurent Tourondel.

  • Servings: 6

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2008


  • 1 piece ginger (3 inches long)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sherry-wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups heirloom tomatoes, quartered or cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Thai basil, chopped plus whole leaves, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chervil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled into large pieces
  • 1/4 cup celery leaves, for garnish
  • 1 small spring onion, very thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon mustard oil


  1. Grate ginger on the large holes of a box grater. Wrap ginger in a lint-free cloth and squeeze over a medium bowl to extract juice. You should have about 2 tablespoons.

  2. Whisk ginger juice, along with olive oil and vinegar, until well combined; season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, watermelon, chopped basil, and red onion and gently toss until fully coated; season with salt and pepper. Let stand 30 minutes.

  3. Transfer tomatoes and watermelon to a serving bowl. Gently fold in chives, chervil, and parsley; spoon over any remaining marinade. Sprinkle with cheese, and garnish with celery leaves, spring onion, whole basil leaves, avocado, radish. Drizzle with mustard oil; serve immediately.

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  • ltownsend
    20 JUL, 2008
    Worth the effort to gather the ingredients. Very light, tasty and refreshing. I substituted burratta cheese instead.