Make Ahead

Red and white salad

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June 29, 2011
Author Notes

This is loosely based on a recipe a girlfriend found in the LA Times and sent to me; I've tweaked and played a bit with it, and come up with a version I like. I love the look of surprise on faces when they realize some of the red is tomato, while the rest is watermelon! Warning; it doesn't keep well, so make only what you expect to eat today. —Kayb

  • Serves 4 as a side
Ingredients
  • 3 cups watermelon, diced in 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large tomatos, diced and drained. Peel if you want.
  • 4 ounces fresh Mozzarella, diced in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed tarragon leaves, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, preferably Vidalia, but Walla Walla or other sweet will do, sliced in rings
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Blanch onion rings (cut into half-circles if it's a really large onion) in boiling water for one minute, then plunge into cold water to stop cooking. Set aside to drain.
  2. Set watermelon cubes aside in a colander to drain; ditto diced tomatos, while you dice the cheese and chop the tarragon.
  3. Toss all ingredients, drizzle with balsamic, toss again, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside at room temp for 30 minutes or more to allow flavors to combine.
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