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Possibly the best summer salad recipe ever?

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 Author // Bob Leahy - Editor Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Bob Leahy

At least Bob Leahy thinks so. Here’s how to make his easy, healthy and delicious Watermelon, Cherry-Tomato and Feta Salad.

Possibly the best summer salad recipe ever?

I’ve said before I’m not big on vegetables. Fruit, definitely. Veggies not so much. This recipe, which is so right for summer it’s not funny, combines the two. It makes a terrific appetizer, but it’s so yummy I could eat platefuls of it. The humble watermelon really shines throiugh when paired with the sweetness of tomatoes and the sour of the vinegar. Nice texture too.

The recipe calls for multi-coloured cherry tomatoes because those make the dish look extra pretty. Couldn’t finds those suckers anywhere last weekend, but ordinary cherry tomatoes did just fine. The dish still packs a visual wallop.

We served this one at a dinner party we threw for four local lesbians. One of them is a foodie – runs a gourmet food store in fact – so we wanted it to look not just pretty but fabulous. I served it on two endive leaves, which kind of made a cup to encircle the salad. It was a huge hit!

Here’s what you need to do  (serves four, 188 calories per serving, prep time 10 min.)

1 1/2 cups            cherry tomatoes (multi-coloured if you can find them)

1 ½ cups               diced seedless watermelon

2/3 cup                 crumbled feta

¼ cup                    thinly sliced mint (kind of important, for the right favour)

3 tbsp                    extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp                    balsamic vinegars (best) or white-wine vinegar

Combine tomatoes, watermelon, feta, mint, oil and vinegar in a large bowl. Season with fresh pepper.  Stir well to combine

You’re done!  Easy eh?

About the Author

Bob Leahy - Editor

Bob Leahy - Editor

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch. He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.