Watermelon and Grapefruit Salad With Tahini
This fruit salad is simple to make but thrilling to eat because it hits all the marks of a good salad in surprising ways. The base is crunchy-sweet watermelon and tangy-tart grapefruit. (If you can’t eat grapefruit, substitute orange sprinkled with lemon or lime juice.) These two fruits look similar, but taste different, and that is part of the fun of eating them together. Tahini is used like a nuttier, richer oil, and honey mellows the mix. The balance really depends on the quality of your ingredients, though, so adjust to taste until each bite races between sweet, savory, juicy and creamy.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1(3- to 4-pound) seedless watermelon, chilled
- ¼cup tahini
- ¼cup honey, plus more as needed
- Flaky or kosher salt
Step 1Cut off the top and bottom inch of the watermelon and set it on one of its flat, cut sides. Follow the curve of the fruit to cut away the rind. Cut the watermelon in half through the top, then lay each half on its large cut side. Cut each in half lengthwise, then into 1/4-inch-thick triangles. Transfer to a platter, along with any juices.
Step 2Working with one at a time, cut off the top and bottom of each grapefruit, then set it on one of its flat, cut sides. Follow the curve of the fruit to cut away the peel and pith. Cut in half through the top, then lay each half on its cut side. Cut in half lengthwise, then into 1/4-inch-thick triangles. Remove seeds. Transfer to the platter of watermelon, along with any juices.
Step 3Drizzle the tahini over the fruit, followed by the honey. Sprinkle with salt. Taste. If it’s bitter, add more honey. If it’s dull, add more salt and honey. Eat right away.