Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil Skewers

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Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil Skewers [1] [2] is a nice way to start a meal in the hot seasons and looks great.


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 4-5 pound seedless watermelon
  • 60 small basil leaves (or cut/torn larger leaves)
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • coarse kosher salt


  1. Over medium heat include balsamic vinegar and sugar to simmer.
  2. Continuously stir.
  3. Once all sugar is dissolved, set aside and let cool.
  4. Cube watermelon by cutting 1.5" cubes
  5. Skewer a basil leaf, then watermelon, then half of tomato, then watermelon, basil, tomato... and so forth.
  6. Repeat step 5 until all 16 skewers are completed.
  7. Dribble the balsamic over the skewers.
  8. Dribble olive oil over the skewers as well.
  9. Finish with a speckling of salt, then serve.


  1. de laurentiis, Gaida (2008). Giada's Kitchen New Italian Favorites. Clarkson Potter/Publishders. pp. 25. ISBN 978-0-307-34659-9. 
  2. Contaldo, Gennaro (2010). gennaro's Easy Italian. Headline Publishing Group. pp. 17. ISBN 978-0-7553-1788-2.