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Meatless Monday: Farmer Chris’s Brandywine Tomato and Arugula Salad with Melon and Feta Sauce

October 4, 2010

It’s Monday! We’re Meatless!

Last week, we posted a Meatless Monday recipe for Edamame Beans with Olive Oil, and this week we’re borrowing a recipe from our friend Ana Sortun, the award-winning chef of Oleana Restaurant in Cambridge. It’s great to have someone like Ana in our neck of the woods because she brings creative, richly flavored recipes with a strong influence of Istanbul to her restaurant and now to all of you. Also a big THANK YOU needs to be said to Farmer Chris as well! 🙂 – Alison

If you can’t find brandywine tomatoes, substitute any other large tomato.

Farmer Chris’s Brandywine Tomato and Arugula Salad with Melon and Feta Sauce


*serves 4*

  • 4 (1/4 inch thick) slices seedless watermelon
  • 4 brandywine tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 6 ounces feta cheese
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch arugula, trimmed, tough stems discarded
  • 4 sprigs oregano


  1. Using a round cookie cutter or the top of a glass, cut rounds from the watermelon slices. They should resemble the tomato slices but may be a little smaller. Lay out the melon and tomatoes on paper towels and season with salt.
  2. Combine the feta, olive oil, and hot water in a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and a little freshly ground pepper (it may not need much salt depending on the saltiness of the feta).
  3. On a large serving platter, arrange the tomatoes, melon rounds, and arugula overlapping slightly, and drizzle with the feta sauce. Roughly chop the oregano leaves and sprinkle over the top. Drizzle with a little more olive oil if desired and served.

Want to see the original recipe? Check out The Oldways Table: Essays and Recipes from the Culinary Think Tank!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 4, 2010 7:41 pm

    I would have never thought to combine watermelon and tomato. I have some watermelon from my garden that needs to be used up, tomatoes too. Now I just need some arugula and I think I have my afternoon snack for tomorrow.

    Thanks for joining Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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