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While watermelon and feta is perfectly fine, do yourself a favour and opt for cool, creamy yogurt next time. And while you are at it, why not add some tomatoes and fry some rosemary leaves too. Breakfast heaven, or sexy-as-hell - and ridiculously easy - buffet salad. Your call.

While watermelon and feta is perfectly fine, do yourself a favour and opt for cool, creamy yogurt next time. And while you are at it, why not add some tomatoes and fry some rosemary leaves too. Breakfast heaven, or sexy-as-hell - and ridiculously easy - buffet salad. Your call.While watermelon and feta are perfectly fine, do yourself a favour and opt for cool, creamy yogurt next time. And while you are at it, why not add some tomatoes and fry some rosemary leaves too. Breakfast heaven, or sexy-as-hell – and ridiculously easy –  buffet salad. Your call.

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Most of my breakfasts are of the savoury persuasion: variations of avocado toast (don’t judge); poached egg with pan-blistered tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms; a kind of glorified raita thing, with smoked salmon added in; shakshuka if it is the weekend; even stir-fries, with leftover grains and veggies (usually with a shake of Cholula’s hot sauce, or a wake-up smack of rose harissa).

Or, I might go sweet for breakfast. Or sweet for me, with a fruit-topped bowl of homemade granola, a modest stack of gluten-free pancakes (I may post my teff ones soon – a BIG success), or a wholegrain waffle or three.

As a person who pretty much wakes up hungry, I like to put some thought into that first meal rather than mindlessly dump “enriched” white carbs into a bowl. I can’t remember the last time I had a commercial cereal. And it would probably be sometime in the mid-1980s when breakfast was a muffin (likely to be bran, which was a big thing at the time). Not because I am the food police, but because plain, processed carbs actively make me hungry. Hungrier than when I started. Which is weird, I guess. I would have to eat far more than the serving size to fill up enough not to be ravenous an hour later. Is that you too?

While watermelon and feta is perfectly fine, do yourself a favour and opt for cool, creamy yogurt next time. And while you are at it, why not add some tomatoes and fry some rosemary leaves too. Breakfast heaven, or sexy-as-hell - and ridiculously easy -  buffet salad. Your call.But sweet AND savoury? That is so not me. Which is why it must have been some sort of cognitive malfunction that drew me to this combination of yogurt, watermelon and tomatoes. It gets slightly more bizarre, but please please trust me – it is un-put-downable.

The first time I made this breakfast salad thingy I was so overwhelmed by the unexpected rightness of it that I made the kind of noises I usually reserve for the superlative sambar idli at my favourite Indian restaurant (Tanjore, btw). Luckily I was by myself.

And it is easy. Workday-easy. Nutritious, too: I can’t really think of anything  for breakfast that will contain more cancer-preventing lycopene per serving, unless we added tomato paste. A step too far, even for me.

So, are you feeling brave? Read on. I dare you to try it.

While watermelon and feta is perfectly fine, do yourself a favour and opt for cool, creamy yogurt next time. And while you are at it, why not add some tomatoes and fry some rosemary leaves too. Breakfast heaven, or sexy-as-hell - and ridiculously easy - buffet salad. Your call.

Watermelon and Tomato Summer Breakfast Salad

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: very easy
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While watermelon and feta are perfectly fine, do yourself a favour and opt for cool, creamy yogurt next time. And while you are at it, why not add some tomatoes and fry some rosemary leaves too. Breakfast heaven, or sexy-as-hell – and ridiculously easy –  buffet salad. Your call. xx

-Adapted from a recipe in bon appetit (my favourite magazine).

2 tbsp olive oil

2 x 10cm sprigs of fresh rosemary

250g-285g best Greek or Turkish yogurt (I used Turkish) OR best ricotta (you really need the best dairy you can get for this)*

1 tbsp best honey (I like acacia)

160-200g of best cherry or grape tomatoes, washed and halved

160-200g ripe seedless watermelon, rind removed and flesh cubed OR scooped with a small melon baller (see image)While watermelon and feta is perfectly fine, do yourself a favour and opt for cool, creamy yogurt next time. And while you are at it, why not add some tomatoes and fry some rosemary leaves too. Breakfast heaven, or sexy-as-hell - and ridiculously easy - buffet salad. Your call.

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Flaky salt, optional

*vegans of course use a non-dairy yogurt, but coconut won’t really suit in this instance.

Method:

1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan over a medium flame and add the rosemary sprigs. Sizzle gently until lightly browned (about 30 seconds) – do not take your eye off of the pan. Remove the sprigs to a paper towel and save the oil to use in a sec.watermelon-tomato-salad7

2. Stir the honey and yogurt together in a small bowl; spread it over a wide, shallow bowl or divide between individual bowls.

3. Combine the watermelon, tomatoes and lemon juice in a bowl and add to the yogurt. Drizzle with the rosemary oil, crumble over rosemary and sprinkle over with a little salt. Serve.

Soft food diet: Either finely chop the tomato or skin medium, fresh tomatoes using one of these methods.

Low fiber diet: use deseeded and skinned medium, ripe tomatoes; use the flavoured oil only, not the crisp rosemary leaves.

While watermelon and feta is perfectly fine, do yourself a favour and opt for cool, creamy yogurt next time. And while you are at it, why not add some tomatoes and fry some rosemary leaves too. Breakfast heaven, or sexy-as-hell - and ridiculously easy -  buffet salad. Your call.

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21 thoughts on “Watermelon & Tomato Summer Breakfast Salad

  1. Yum! This looks great! Will give this a go!

  2. This looks so lovely and summery. I’d never think to put watermelon and tomato together. Very interesting flavour profile. I bet’s super juicy 🙂

  3. I like the savory! This would be a mighty fine lunch for me. If only summer would last forever, we will have to hit the re-set button when all the lush tomatoes and melons are gone.

  4. superfitbabe says:

    Very interesting take on a salad! I think it’s so beautifully creative!

  5. I’m on holiday this week but no joke, I’ve been thinking of making a watermelon tomato salad when I return, and this pretty much fits my needs. Hadn’t considered the rosemary bit though.

    And Kellie, might you sometime discuss how you manage to whip up thoughtful weekday breakfasts with your busy schedule? I think it’s the meal we’re all on auto pilot with and think the least about the morning of, myself included.

  6. belleaukitchen says:

    This looks stunning but I’m not convinced it’s for me. I always want the waffles but stick to the eggs. I’d want a spoonful of this then the waffles and then the eggs. That ok?

  7. You had me at breakfast salad:-) I love the idea of yogurt with savory flavors. And if there is watermelon in it, it can’t be wrong! So this is definitely a must try!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    How beautiful is this?! I need to try this the next time I find a watermelon. Stunning!

  9. I think you are a “Sexy Breakfast” genius Kellie!!! Seriously, tomato lover that I am {not to mention the bushels of rosemary exploding in my garden} this looks absolutely AMAZING!!!

  10. I am all for salads for breakfast and this one sounds right up my street. I am eating tons of watermelon and tomatoes at the moment, so I need to ways to eat them.

  11. Pang says:

    I would really love to try “this breakfast salad thingy” of yours, too, Kellie. I looks so healthy & delicious, and it helps me so much as I’m not one to put much thought into breakfast. Thank you for a FANTASTIC idea, my lovely friend 🙂

  12. I can almost taste this dish as I read. I haven’t used enough watermelon this year, I tend to get in a grump at supermarkets charging a fortune for them! Summer tomatoes remind me of holidays in France. Just wonderful!

  13. Aw, so spot on. Doing it, asap!

    1. Thanks Miss Niki. I think you’ll like it. 🙂

  14. gorgeozo says:

    Stunning photos, watermelon is such a versatile and beautiful fruit!

    1. Thank you. It is certainly more than just eating it straight from the rind – although that way is still my favourite. 🙂

  15. stateeats says:

    Such a unique combo. I’m willing to give it a go – Kat

  16. John Renard says:

    Very interesting flavour profile.

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