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Checkerboard Salad

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

I love this salad. It is absolutely stunning to present, super easy to make and always a hit. It is perfect for any summer BBQ.

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Watermelon, cut into bite sized squares

Honeydew melon (or Cantaloupe, or Tuscan melon or Frog melon, or any melon of your choice), cut into bite sized squares

Cucumbers, cut into bite sized squares

Avocados, cut into bite sized squares

Heirloom tomatoes, cut into bite sized squares

Feta cheese, preferably the good French or Bulgarian feta, cut into bite sized squares

Basil leaves, shredded by hand

1 -2 teaspoons fennel seed, roasted and barely crushed in a mortar. Alternatively, use fennel pollen.


Aged balsamic vinegar, preferably from Moderna

Large grain sea salt

Olives, oil cured or brined, optional

Arrange the fruit and vegetables in a random pattern on a large platter. Sprinkle the fennel seed on the salad, toss on the torn basil and drizzle the EVOO and aged balsamic vinegar.


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