This salad combines unusual flavors and is a great start to an alfresco dinner.
What to buy: Ricotta salata is a semihard Italian cheese that can be found at most gourmet markets or Italian groceries. If you can’t find it, you can substitute crumbled feta (which will be a bit saltier) or just leave it out.
This recipe was featured as part of our Tomatoes! photo gallery.
Beverage pairing: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand. The vinegar, olives, and tomato demand a wine with high acid, but the watermelon asks for something with a little tropical fruit. Sauvignon Blanc is the answer, and this one from Dog Point Vineyard in New Zealand is the most delicious around. Like the salad, it’s an intriguing and juicy blend of savory and sweet with a great acid kick.