Sweet August Salad

Serves 4-6 as a side dish. Prep: 30-40 min.   No cooking

While the grill is heating up, make this refreshing salad to accompany whatever you are cooking.  It is very versatile and makes any meal more festive.

INGREDIENTS:
1 ½ pounds tomatoes, a mix of larger tomatoes cut into wedges, and cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 ½ pounds melon, seeded, rind cut away, and cut into half crescents
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup medium to hot processed peppers
¼ cup white wine vinegar
Small handful basil leaves
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh cheese, crumbled (optional)

STEPS:

  1. Put the tomatoes and melon in a large bowl.
  2. Season with the salt and pepper. Toss gently. 
  3. Add the pickled peppers and vinegar.  Toss again.
  4. Add the basil and ¼ cup olive oil and toss again.
  5. Add the fresh cheese right before serving.

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