Fun and Fiery Tomato + Watermelon Salad with Harissa Dressing

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When summer’s bounty graces our tables, it’s time to celebrate the vivid colors, refreshing flavors, and vibrant textures that only the season can provide. And what better way to do that than with a Tomato Watermelon Salad? This beautiful salad blends the succulence of tomatoes with the juiciness of watermelon, creating a burst of flavors that embody the essence of summer.

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Tomato and Watermelon Salad
Tomato and Watermelon Salad with bacon and chickpeas

Is it early for summer produce to be arriving? Even in California? Seems so to me, but I’m not complaining. The farmers’ markets are filling with all things summer–nectarines and peaches, tomatoes and even some melons! My fingers are crossed for a long, pleasant growing season. But the reality is that the lack of rain and scorching temperatures may have a negative impact on farmers and their crops. As with all farm fresh foods, we enjoy these goodies while we can, even if they are early….especially if they are early.

Harissa Adds Heat to a Creamy Salad Dressing

Yesterday, I picked up a jar of harissa, a Tunisian chili sauce, at the international market near my house. My initial idea was to create a sort of caprese-style salad with a creamy harissa dressing. But when I realized that I still had a little watermelon in the fridge, the salad morphed into the beautiful concoction pictured above. A few summers back, I discovered the brilliant combination of tomatoes and watermelons. The red flesh of the tomatoes and the watermelon are a perfect match, but where the watermelon is crisp and sweet, the tomato is tart and yielding. The textures and flavors work amazingly well together, especially when sprinkled with salty cheese.

Ingredients for Tomato and Watermelon Salad
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In this salad, I topped a few handfuls of spicy arugula with heirloom tomatoes (each chopped or sliced a bit differently for interest), watermelon chunks, cubes of feta and mint leaves. I made a simple dressing of Greek yogurt, lemon juice and harissa which I then drizzled over the top. And because I was feeling extra crazy, I threw on some chickpeas and sprinkled the whole mess with chopped bacon. Think of it as a Middle Eastern BLT. It’s spicy, sweet, salty and just about the perfect thing to eat on a warm summer day.

An Ode to Summer: Tomato + Watermelon Salad

As you relish the Tomato Watermelon Salad, you’re not just enjoying a meal – you’re savoring a vivid reflection of the season itself. The colors, the tastes, and the sensations all come together in a gorgeous salad that’s both nourishing and vibrant.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard gathering, treating yourself to a solo feast, or sharing a meal with loved ones, this salad is a reminder that nature’s bounty. So, let this Tomato Watermelon Salad transport you to the heart of summer, where the sun shines in every bite, and the joy of the season is captured in each in-season ingredient.

Your summer salad cravings — solved!

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Tomato Watermelon Salad with Harissa Dressing

Alison Needham
This summer salad would make the perfect side dish to grilled steak or chicken, or can be served as a main course with the addition of chickpeas and/or bacon. The creamy harissa dressing can be as mild or as spicy as you want. Add the harissa sparingly at first…you can always add more later.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings
Calories 342 kcal


  • Large Platter or Salad Bowl


For the dressing:


  • Spread the arugula over a large platter. Top with the tomato slices, chunks of watermelon and feta cheese. Sprinkle salt lightly over the tomatoes and watermelon.
  • Prepare the dressing. Whisk the mint, yogurt, lemon juice and harissa in a small bowl. Add salt to taste. Drizzle dressing over the salad.
  • Top with the chickpeas and bacon (if using). Garnish with additional mint leaves. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1portionCalories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 17gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1198mgPotassium: 716mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2640IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 316mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bacon, feta, harissa, Heirloom Tomato Salad, summer salad, tomato watermelon salad, watermelon salad
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