For this unconventional savory fruit salad, we turned to a trick ￼more often used with vegetables.
Why This Recipe Works
In this summery dish, sweet watermelon is paired with salty feta and briny olives. To enhance the flavor and texture of the fresh melon, we macerate it in sugar for 30 minutes, driving off excess moisture to prevent a watery salad. A simple dressing of rice vinegar and olive oil lets the bold flavors of the salad shine, and soaking sliced shallots in the vinegar before tossing them in the bowl tames their bite. Finally, plenty of fresh torn basil and a pinch of red pepper flakes round out this side salad, proving that fruit isn’t just for dessert.