In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad.


While one may say this is not a “Caribbean” salad, I have to question why not? Have you ever had sun ripened tomatoes or watermelon straight from the farmer’s field? I have and it was when I was a lil fella on the islands and that farm was our family kitchen garden in Trinidad and Tobago. The feta and balsamic are definitely not “Caribbean” but you can now find those ingredients at many of the bigger grocery stores across the Caribbean island chain.

You’ll Need…

2-3 lbs heirloom tomatoes
1/2 small watermelon
8-12 mint leaves
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup feta cheese
3-4 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper (divided)

Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.

Heirlooms are seed varieties that are at least 50 years old, and you can save these seeds and plant them year after year. Heirlooms are never hybrids or GMOs. … GMOs are Genetically Modified seeds.

Every Spring I try my best to get Heirloom tomato plants for my garden as I find them to be the most sweet, juicy and interesting (no two are the same shape or color) tomatoes one can eat. While I’d love to say these tomatoes were from my back yard, I must confess that they were from a local grocery store.

Wash and chop the tomatoes (remove the core + stems and discard) into different shapes/slices to give the salad some texture and make it more eye-appealing. Please try to use heirloom tomatoes as the flavor and texture is unlike the greenhouse (nor GMO) stuff you get in the supermarket. Place it in a large bowl.

Cube the watermelon (remove any seeds if you don’t have the seedless variety). Then add it to the bowl, along with the Feta and Mint leaves (If the mint leaves are large, give them a quick chop).

Sprinkle the salt (especially over the tomato pieces) and half of the black pepper over everything.. you’ll get better flavor with fresh cracked black pepper IMHO. You can add some Scotch Bonnet Pepper Flakes if you want a KICK to the finished salad.

Note. watch the serving tip in the video below.

Make the dressing by whisking the olive oil, balsamic, honey and remaining black pepper together.

When you’re ready to serve the salad, pour the dressing (whisked) over the top and gently mix. I used my hands as I found it to be most effective this way.

Add more Feta or any cheese you like, should you like a lot of cheese in your salad. And you can always substitute Basil for the Mint if mint is not your fav herb.

I’d recommend placing the finished salad (not dressed) in the fridge to chill a bit before serving, especially on those hot summer days when you want something light and cool for lunch or dinner. Drop me your comments below, tag me on Instagram and don’t forget you can now get my cookbook – The Vibrant Caribbean Pot, 100 Traditional And Fusion Recipes @ CaribbeanPot.com/CookBook/

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  1. GAVIN KHALEEL
    July 22, 2021 / 9:14 am

    Hi Chris…awesome recipe…i did a version of this and added tangerine slices and passion fruit dressing

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