If you have not stopped by our Seattle location this summer, we highly recommend that you do to try our latest summer creations. One of our very favorites is the ‘Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad’. The dish is a stack of perfectly ripe watermelon and heirloom tomatoes, which is then topped with spicy mizuna lettuce, crumbles of salty, tangy sheep’s feta and drizzles of a vinaigrette made from grilled tomatoes. The vinaigrette further fortifies the tomatoes and has a delightfully sweet, charred flavor made even more luscious with high quality extra-virgin olive oil.
Many people pause when they read this description and say, “watermelon and tomato?? what a weird combination.” While it may seem unusual at first, this combination really makes good on the “what grows together, goes together” philosophy of cooking. Tomatoes and watermelon come into peak season at almost the exact same time. In addition, they resemble each other in both flavor and texture. They are sweet, ever so slightly tangy and have just the slightest bit of graininess in their texture. When combined, the flavors are absolutely remarkable. It has to be tasted to be believed.