I made this for an outdoor graduation party, and it was a big hit. It's pretty, light, and a nice change from the standard fare. The tomatoes didn't add anything for me...I've made it without since then and find it just as good.
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. 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.
3 Reviews for Melon, Tomato & Onion Salad with Goat Cheese
I tried this the very day I saw the recipe in EW's email. Would never have thought to combine melon and tomato myself, but with tomatoes at their sweet peak, cucumbers a favorite of my husband and goat cheese beloved by my son, the stars were aligned to give it a try. Wonderful!
Peel the melon before you split it in half. Slice off the top and bottom and place it, either cut side down on the cutting board for stability. Then just run the SHARP knife (this is important; a dull knife will tear the flesh of the fruit and is dangerous to use as well) down the sides following the contour of the melon. This is much easier, faster and safer and will prevent you from asking your deity for forgiveness for the profanities you might have used during the process suggested.
If you can, try to use a melon other than boring honeydew or canteloupe (ie. casaba) and for an additional final garnish divide very thin strips of 4 slices of prosciutto amongst the plates. I know. This raises the sodium content but the added dimension of sweet-salty is amazing. I tried it this way and i didn't hate it.
Cheers and Enjoy