A Nice Refreshing Summer Salad

Keep an open mind when you read this recipe.

Last night, I was BBQ’ing and thought that watermelon would be a nice addition to the meal. Rather than simply slicing up the watermelon I had in the fridge, I thought a nice refreshing salad would be tastier and a lot more fun. Here’s what I did…it was both delicious and a nice way to celebrate the summer!

Number of Servings: 4

2 roma tomatoes, sliced
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thinly
1 avocado, cubed (search Google to find out how to do this properly)
¼ – ½ watermelon, cut into ½ inch cubes
Fresh basil, sliced thinly (search “chiffonade” in Google to find out how to do this)
Lemon, quartered
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt

Set up 4 small salad plates and do the following on each plate…
Place a layer of tomatoes on the bottom (approx 4-5 slices)
Sprinkle tomatoes with a dash of kosher salt
Place a layer of cucumber slices on top of the tomatoes
Place a pile of watermelon on top of the cucumber (in the center)
Sprinkle the chopped avocado throughout the dish
Spray entire dish with 1 lemon wedge
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar (approx 1 teaspoon)
Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (approx 1 teaspoon)
Sprinkle the sliced basil on top
Hit with a pinch of salt
*you could probably add fresh mint for additional flavor

I used this as an appetizer to my BBQ meal which consisted of chicken breast marinated in Trader Joe’s BBQ sauce, a little crushed red pepper and Montreal grilled chicken seasoning; dry baked sweet potato and grilled corn on the cob.

Bon appetit!


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