Tomato Watermelon Salad

This is a fabulous summertime salad

You say, “Watermelon and Tomato”!  I know that sounds like a odd combination but believe me it is delicious and with all the summer tomatoes available you should be trying this asap.  I only make this in the summer when tomatoes and watermelon are the freshest. 

I have use heirloom tomatoes and just regular tomatoes.  It is the prettiest when you use, orange, red, yellow and green (these are ripe green tomatoes that I have found in the past).  The combination of the tomatoes, watermelon and the buffalo moz, basil and the frozen balsamic makes for a very interesting taste.

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 This is the first time I have made this that the vinegar did not freeze.  I put it in the freezer at 8:30 in the morning and by 6:30 that evening it was just kind of thick.  I have no idea why this happened.  This was a 25 year old balsamic that I got at WS so I know it’s a good one.  You mix this with a couple of tablespoons of water and it is suppose to freeze and then when you have it all arranged on a plate and ready to serve, you scrape this frozen balsamic over the salad and watch it melt all over.  This was still very good, but I’m still wondering why it didn’t freeze.  So if you have ideals, let me know.

This recipe was in a Food and Wine magazine a couple of years ago.  The first time I had this was at a friend’s house and I wasn’t sure if I would like it and I was surprised that the combination of all the ingredients was so good.  Hope you like it too. 

Tomato Watermelon Salad


  • 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • Assorted tomatoes cherry, grape, red, green, orange, yellow
  • Watermelon balls or chunks
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella sliced
  • 1/2 c. fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil


  1. Freeze the balsamic and water in a small dish until frozen solid. Arrange the tomatoes and watermelon on a large platter and top with mozzarella pieces and fresh basil. Drizzle with olive oil.

    When ready to serve remove the frozen balsamic from freezer and using a spoon scrape over the watermelon/tomato salad. Serve immediately.

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    June 30, 2009 at 9:40 am

    The frozen balsamic is a great trick that I’ll have to try!

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    July 1, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I can personally say that I love the combination but was skeptical at first

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      June 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

      He was so skeptical of new things when he was a kid but now has a better palette for food taste than I do. Thanks, Paul, for the compliment.

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