They’re neighbors in the garden—could they be friends on the plate?
Why This Recipe Works
This salad screams summer, but to ensure that the fruity flavors didn’t get drowned out, we had to devise a way to tame the juiciness of both fruits before combining them in a dressed salad. To do this, we tossed the cubes of watermelon with sugar and let them drain. We tossed the cherry tomatoes with a little salt and set them aside while the watermelon drained before tossing both together. To gently balance the melon’s sweetness, we added thinly sliced shallot for delicate onion flavor. Fresh basil lent brightness, torn bits of fresh mozzarella added substance, and a simple vinaigrette of olive oil, cider vinegar, and lemon brought everything together.