A basil-infused oil makes a sweet, herbaceous dressing for summer produce and creamy goat cheese.



For the basil oil
For the salad


Instructions Checklist
  • Make the basil oil: Prepare an ice-water bath. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Blanch basil for 1 minute. Transfer to ice-water bath to stop the cooking process. Drain.

  • Puree basil in a blender with olive oil until smooth. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined fine sieve set over a bowl. Let stand until oil drips through, about 1 hour (do not squeeze cheesecloth).

  • Make the salad: Toss together watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, olive oil, and lemon juice in a bowl. Transfer to a serving platter, and sprinkle with goat cheese. Drizzle with basil oil and more olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Garnish with basil.

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Rating: 5 stars
This was very good.
Rating: Unrated
This salad was delicious. The combination sounded strange at first, but the sweet watermelon mixed so well with the tomatoes and goat cheese. HOWEVER, you do not need all the basil oil, or even half of it.!! I used about 1/4 of the amount of oil listed in the recipe and it was delicious. I acutally poured off some of the oil as the evening went on because the tomatoes and watermelon made it juicy.