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Melon, Tomato & Onion Salad With Goat Cheese

Melon, Tomato & Onion Salad With Goat Cheese
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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.

Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 1 cup
    sweet white onion, very thinly sliced, separated into rings
  • 1 small
    firm ripe melon
  • 2 large
    tomatoes, very thinly sliced
  • 1 small
    cucumber, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup
    goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup
    extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons
    balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup
    fresh basil, very thinly sliced
  1. Place onion rings in a medium bowl, add cold water to cover and a handful of ice cubes. Set aside for about 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Meanwhile, cut melon in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Remove the rind with a sharp knife. Place each melon half cut-side down and slice crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices.
  3. Make the salad on a large platter or 8 individual salad plates. Begin by arranging a ring of melon slices around the edge. Top with a layer of overlapping tomato slices. Arrange a second ring of melon slices toward the center. Top with the remaining tomato slices. Tuck cucumber slices between the layers of tomato and melon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with goat cheese and the onion rings. Drizzle with oil and vinegar. Sprinkle with basil.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 8 servings
  • Calories192
  • Fat12 g
    • Saturated fat4 g
  • Cholesterol11 mg
  • Carbohydrates19 g
    • Dietary fiber2 g
  • Protein5 g
  • Sodium176 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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