Tomato Watermelon Salad with Bocconcini and Fresh Herbs

The great thing about this simple salad is that you can serve as is or it can be the starting point for a more complex dish.  Either way, it makes use of the beautiful summer produce available right now and there’s nothing better than the veggies and fruit you’ll find at your local farms.

Tomato Watermelon Salad with Bocconcini & Fresh Herbs | Simply Fresh Dinners

I picked up a watermelon from Barrie Hill Farms and some giant field tomatoes from Nicholyn Farms and this salad just seemed to come together naturally.  Every time I think I’ve come up with a new idea lately and I google it, I find out it’s already been done!  Although I saw quite a few tomato watermelon salads listed, I didn’t see one like this so let’s call it an original.

If you want to put your own stamp on this, try balsamic vinegar instead of red wine in the dressing.  As for the ingredients, try feta cheese, add some lemon, blueberries, almonds….the options are endless.    Some would look at these two ingredients and immediately decide they don’t belong together but they’d be wrong.  The two flavours are surprisingly complementary and the cheese and basil adds that extra little bite to make the salad special.

Tomato Watermelon Salad with Bocconcini and Fresh Herbs | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’ve made this salad 3 times now and I just can’t seem to get enough.  It was 90 F here today on the first day of September so I’m hoping we’ve still got some good weeks left!

What’s your favourite salad in the summer?


Tomato and Watermelon Salad with Bocconcini and Fresh Herbs
Author: Robyn
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Serves: 6 persons
  • 4 cups of watermelon, cubed or cut into triangles
  • 1 pound of tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup bocconcini cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • handful of fresh cilantro
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 red wine vinegar
  1. Mix salad ingredients and toss gently.
  2. Combine olive oil and red wine vinegar, mixing well. Drizzle over salad.



  • Reply
    September 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Mmmm…. fresh, colorful, and flavorful – the perfect summer salad, my friend 🙂 I have never thought about eating watermelon with tomatoes….you are a genius, Robyn!

    Have a most lovely evening. Hugs!

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    September 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Colorful, pretty and fresh. Makes me want to dive in! Keep them coming sweet Robyn. Love from W.W. xo
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      September 2, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Thanks, Linda! I’m loving the salads, lol. Hope you’re having a great week 🙂

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    September 1, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Robyn! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi. I’ve been busy having our shower re-modeled. It’s almost done and will be worth having to shower at the gym everyday. I love your salad, it’s like a caprese salad, only so much better! I think I’ll give it a whirl. I hope you’re enjoying your weather, it sounds nice. Have a blessed day, Mary

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      September 2, 2015 at 6:12 am

      Oh my, showers are never an easy thing to do. Such an inconvenience, too. I hope you’ll share some before/after pics on your blog, Mary 🙂
      Thanks so much for the visit. Summer has been a blast. Hope you’re enjoying yours as well.

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    Anita Rivera
    September 2, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Good morning darling friend! Your salads here are so inviting and perfect! I am on the run; school awaits and I need to leave here in half an hour and it’s only 5:05am!

    MUCH LOVE! Anita

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      September 2, 2015 at 6:10 am

      Thanks, Anita. I realized last night that I’ve been doing salad after salad but I’m just loving them! Oh boy, that’s an early morning! Have fun, xooxo

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    September 2, 2015 at 11:09 am

    This is great — so perfect for this time of the year. Gotta hurry, though, our last 2 watermelons haven’t had quite the same quality — getting to the end of the season, I guess. Love this — thanks.
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    September 3, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Nice combination of flavors!

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    September 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Wow – I have never thought of pairing these two red beauties together (although I love both apart)! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me friend.
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      September 5, 2015 at 7:11 am

      I know it’s an odd combination, Mindy, but once you try it, you’ll never go back, lol. I honestly don’t know where these crazy ideas come from but I’m glad I get them! Thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend. I’m off to see you new blog entry! Always look forward to that 🙂

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    September 5, 2015 at 10:03 am

    HI Robyn,
    . Wow this looks great. I love watermelon and this salad has the makings of a healthy, nutritious meal. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.
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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    September 5, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    If you said to me make a salad out of tomatoes and watermelon, I’d probably raise my eyebrows.But this looks delicious, Robyn, and I trust you not to steer me wrong. I’ll have to try it!
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