Tomato-Watermelon recipe from Marcus Samuelsson

I love harissa but would never have thought of adding it to some watermelon. Our July 24 guest, Marcus Samuelsson, thinks it is a good idea. Here’s the recipe from

Yes, Chef: Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Servings: 6

Calories: 153 per serving

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 3 mins

Total Time: 23 mins


Freshly ground pepper 6 heirloom tomatoes, roughly chopped (about 2 1/2 pounds)

1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

Juice of 1 lime 2 shallots, thinly sliced

1 cup watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 jalapeno, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons torn Italian parsley

2 tablespoons torn mint leaves

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed

1/2 teaspoon salt


2 tablespoons sliced almonds

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons harissa


1. To make the vinaigrette, combine the almonds, garlic and harissa in a small sauté pan over medium heat and sauté for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice and shallots. Whisk in the almond-harissa mixture.

3.Toss the watermelon, jalapeno, parsley, mint and capers in a large bowl. Season with salt and a few grindings of fresh pepper. Add the tomatoes and toss with the vinaigrette. Garnish with goat cheese and serve immediately.

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  • 30klbsofbananas

    Steak and cinnamon.

    When I became bored with all the regular steak sauce options, the spice cabinet provided the answer.

    Now I take any type of steak and use any normal method of preparation, fry, broil, etc., no marinade or other type of sauce, then salt and pepper to taste and fresh grind cinnamon on top. Just a little bit will go a long way. The taste is crisp, clean, and exceptional. Very pleasing combination. I use the McCormick one ounce Cinnamon Grinder. Works well and delivers an exacting small amount.

  • stephanie

    Great ideas. I live with pescatarians so I will have to make for just myself.