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Tomato Watermelon Salad

Tomato Watermelon Salad 4.000
Top Tomato 2010 finalist Aug 11, 2010

Arlington resident Kyra Smerkanich grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania, where her father always kept a garden that contained beautiful varieties of heirloom tomatoes. When it came time to harvest them, he would enlist his two daughters. But they would eat most of what they picked, she says.

In the garden she learned that freshly picked, vine-ripened fruit need so little to make them delicious, so her recipe is for a simple summer salad that celebrates the natural deliciousness of tomatoes.


Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into large dice
  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into large dice (preferably a mix of colors)
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves, rolled tightly, then cut crosswise into thin strips (chiffonade)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (see NOTE)

Directions

Combine the watermelon and tomatoes in a mixing bowl. Gently stir in the mint, feta and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, transfer the tomato mixture to a serving plate or bowl. Drizzle the vinegar over the salad and top with the toasted pine nuts.

Serve immediately.

NOTE: Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes until they are lightly browned, shaking them to make sure they don't burn.


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From Kyra Smerkanich of Arlington.

Tested by Mary Pat Flaherty.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 220


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 17g 26%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 15mg 5%

Sodium: 300mg 12%

Total Carbohydrates: 15g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 6g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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