Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad

By: Arlene Bronstein

For many of you, it has been a long cold winter, followed by a wet and miserable spring.  The good news is that the summer has finally arrived and it comes with warm, balmy days and comfortable cool nights just perfect for entertaining. This salad is a favorite for this time of year. The tomatoes have that delicious taste that comes from fresh picked produce. The watermelons are so ripe and juicy. The blend of these two ingredients and all the others for this salad may sound unusual together, but trust me, they are perfect together! See this and other great summer selections in my new cookbook with Cookie Stagman, Beautiful Buffets, II. 


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups (1-inch) cubed red seedless watermelon
  • 4 Heirloom (or large Roma) tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onions (optional)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup currants or other sweet raisins
  • 1/2 cup sugared walnuts (or other sweet nut) optional
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, sliced thin 

Whisk together the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Add watermelon, tomatoes and onion and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese, raisins, nuts and basil leaves. Toss again to coat ingredients.

*If there is yellow watermelon, use a cup of red and a cup of yellow.

PS: I like to drizzle the salad with Balsamic Glaze.  

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In 1989, Arlene Bronstein wrote her first cookbook BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, featuring many of the celebrated American Fashion designers. Her next cookbook, CARLOS: Contemporary French Cuisine was written for Carlos Restaurant, one of Zagut’s top Chicago restaurants, featured in Food and Wine Magazine and many other fine culinary publications. Arlene’s book, My Word Is My Bond, is a history of the Chicago Board of Trade told through 21 interviews of traders ages 40 -90. From that book, she took on the role of Executive Producer for the PBS documentary, “My Word is My Bond”, using clips from her book interviews to tell the story.  In 2013, Arlene wrote her first children’s book, How Did Nonnie Get to Heaven? The Chicago Tribune said, Nonnie conveys through exquisite imagery and the pure expression of children, that death and loss are natural parts of life.”  In the fall of 2014, BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS, II was published with 40 new recipes.