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Melon, Tomato & Onion Salad with Goat Cheese
“In this beautiful riff on the traditional tomato, mozzarella and basil salad, sweet melon slices are layered with tomato and cucumber and topped with crumbled goat cheese, crisp onion and fresh basil. Any variety of pale green- or orange-fleshed melon will work well in this melon, tomato and onion salad. Compose the salad on a large platter for a crowd or make it more elegant by assembling it on individual plates. Either way it'll look gorgeous. ”
1 cup very thinly sliced sweet white onion, separated into rings
1 small firm ripe melon
2 large tomatoes, very thinly sliced
1 small cucumber, very thinly sliced
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
⅓ cup very thinly sliced fresh basil
1Place onion rings in a medium bowl, add cold water to cover and a handful of ice cubes. Set aside for about 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
2Meanwhile, cut melon in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Remove the rind with a sharp knife. Place each melon half cut-side down and slice crosswise into ⅛-inch-thick slices.
3Make the salad on a large platter or 8 individual salad plates. Begin by arranging a ring of melon slices around the edge. Top with a layer of overlapping tomato slices. Arrange a second ring of melon slices toward the center. Top with the remaining tomato slices. Tuck cucumber slices between the layers of tomato and melon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with goat cheese and the onion rings. Drizzle with oil and vinegar. Sprinkle with basil.