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Tomato, Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

It took me awhile to recover from so many days off, but I have recipes again!  LOL

Actually, I was quite busy this weekend – on top of grilling some filets from Chuck and smoking a free-range chicken we picked up at the farmer’s market, we pitted and froze five pounds of sweet cherries I found on sale for $.199/lb, made homemade chicken stock from a “soup chicken”- an old laying hen past her prime – and (believe it or not) made dog food for Scooter, using the meat from the old hen and a kidney from Chuck.

Yes, I guess we’ve gone off the deep end.  I should have never read the ingredients on the bag of kibble we’ve been feeding him; it was simply appalling.  I wouldn’t eat that stuff; why feed it to my furry, four-legged child?

At any rate, since we’ve got the grill/smoker cranked up full throttle for the summer, salads are still the order of the day.  We’d picked up some lovely tomatoes and cucumbers at the farmer’s market this last weekend and have been trying to consume a seedless watermelon for several days (there’s only so much watermelon you can eat at any given meal, and I’ve been resisting the urge to pull the ice cream maker out and make a sorbet with it), so voilá!  A Tomato, Watermelon and Cucumber salad.

Quick, easy, tasty, refreshing and oh-so-good for you, too.  What more could you ask for?

Note:  A mandolin will make quick work of the cucumber and onion.

Tomato, Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

Tomato, Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

4 to 6 servings

4 cups cubed watermelon

1 large, ripe tomato, chopped

1 large cucumber, sliced very thinly

1/2 large, sweet onion, sliced very thinly

1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced

3 teaspoons sugar or Splenda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil

freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine the watermelon, tomato and cucumber in a large bowl; toss with the sugar or Splenda and salt.  Let it stand for 15 minutes.

Stir in the onion, thyme, vinegar and olive oil.  Cover and chill for 2 hours.  Taste; season with pepper.  Serve on lettuce leaves, if desired.

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11 comments

Peggy says:

this sounds like a refreshing salad! I’ve been trying to come up with crazy ways to use up our watermelon we received in our CSA last week and this may do the trick to finish it off!

Rosemary says:

Does indeed sound refreshing — and I happen to have everything right here! It’s what’s for dinner. Thanks.

Jason says:

I would never think to add watermelon in this mix. I want to try it!

BE says:

It WAS very delicious!

I am headed up to LA today and I’m hoping I get time to stop by the Farmer’s Market up there. Fun, fun, fun! I might be making this soon!

Mama Badger says:

Sounds yummy. And I do believe that LG eats every ingredient in this one. Score.

If you have watermelon left, make yourself some ice cubes. That’s what I’m doing with all left over fruit this summer. Squish your fruit down to a pulp (strain if you have an objection to seeds), then combine it with an equal part simple syrup. Freeze them in ice cube trays and transfer to a plastic baggie when frozen. I’ve been using lemon and lime ones in my Coke, and fruity ones in my uhm, punch. That way the ice doesn’t water down my drinks. PB made some from oranges the other day and when added to a nice red wine, voila, instant sangria wannabe.

Michele says:

Those are 3 ingredients that I never would have thought to put together. I’ll have to try it, though I’m not a real fan of cucumber.

I was trying to hold off lunch but your watermelon and cucumber picture did me in!

Anne Gibert says:

I am simply amazed at how much you get done. I wish I had the energy. I am going to try the salad, but since I only like a little bit of sweet, I wonder how it would be without sweetener.

Yum! Jan, that looks scrumptious, and with the weather as hot as it’s been, the perfect dish for dinner.

This sounds like a refreshing salad with a great combination of ingredients. The thyme and red wine vinegar must give it some fantastic flavor!

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