Did you ever mix milk and orange juice together when you were a kid? Gross, right?
And yet, if you’ve ever enjoyed a Creamsicle on a hot summer day, you know that those two ingredients can be great together.
Some food combinations are like that—completely counterintuitive. Take tomatoes and watermelon. The first time someone brought a watermelon and tomato salad to a pool picnic a few years ago I almost took a pass. It sounded dissonant. But the odd pairing was surprisingly harmonious, cool and refreshing, with just the right balance of sweet and salty—and made even better with tangy feta cheese sprinkled over the top. My kids like the weirdness of it.
Right now is the time to make this salad, with both melons and tomatoes overflowing at local farmers markets. And, it goes well with just about anything you throw on the grill—beef steaks, pork tenderloin, lamb chops, chicken thighs, or shrimp. Even portabella mushroom caps. This is a great salad, by the way, to bring to a Labor Day picnic.