If you’re looking for the best watermelon salad recipe to bring to a summer cookout, you have to try Holly Clegg’s Easy Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad from her cookbook, trimandTERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen.
This healthy and delicious salad uses an amazing flavor combination for summer – watermelon, tomato and basil with a hint of balsamic vinegar.
I love how this recipe for tomato basil salad is naturally gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, and can be made in 20 minutes. Not only does it check all the boxes for your guests on special diets, but even the kids will love a salad made with watermelon and cherry tomatoes!
This Mama’s tips when making Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad
This is such an easy watermelon salad recipe to make that you can get the kids cooking in the kitchen this summer by helping you cut the cherry tomatoes and scooping the watermelon into balls using a melon baller.
Make sure you buy cherry tomatoes and not grape tomatoes for this watermelon tomato salad recipe. Cherry tomatoes are much sweeter. (The extra cost is worth it.)
While you could probably use any type of vinegar in this easy watermelon tomato salad recipe, balsamic vinegar adds a unique and special flavor.
Save the watermelon rinds to make Best Watermelon Rind Pickles. Never had them? If you like sweet pickles or spicy pickles, you’ll adore them!
How to pick the right watermelon
Summer and fresh juicy watermelon go hand and hand. Watermelon is usually available from early May to September but they are at their peak from mid-to late June. I love to use watermelon in many of my recipes as it adds a sweet touch, and though water accounts for over 90% of it's weight, it’s rich in potassium, and Vitamins A & C.
- Your watermelon should feel heavy for its size; compare to similar melon.
- Rind shouldn't have any soft spots, gashes and should be dull and barely yield to pressure.
- A good melon has a symmetrical shape; no matter if round or oval.
- Look on the bottom of the melon and you’ll find a discolored spot where the melon rested on the ground when it was growing. If this spot is light green, the melon is not yet ripe. If the spot is a yellowish-white color, the melon is probably ripe.
- You can also test for ripeness by scratching the surface of a watermelon with your fingernail. A greenish-white color beneath the outermost layer of the rind indicates a ripe watermelon.
- If you are watermelon thumper-a ripe melon will sound as if the fruit is hollow. You don’t want to hear a thud or a tone that is high in pitch.
Easy Watermelon Tomato Basil Salad
- In a large bowl, combine watermelon, onion, tomatoes and basil.
- Whisk together oil and vinegar in a small bowl.
- Pour over salad and toss. Season to taste with salt. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator and serve later that day.
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 46
- Calories from Fat: 13 (29%)
- Total Fat: 2g
- Saturated fat: 0g
- Unsaturated fat: 2g
- Sodium: 6mg
- Total Carbohydrates: 8g
- Sugar: 6g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat
Recipe and photograph used with permission.
Originally published on June 10, 2014. Updated with new pictures and information.