Watermelon and strawberry salad

Watermelon and strawberry salad, pictured with my iced tea.
Watermelon and strawberry salad, pictured with my iced tea. Photo: William Meppem

A refreshing salad of watermelon and strawberries is one of my favourite fruit combinations.


2 tbsp caster sugar

4 slices of ginger

1 vanilla pod, split in half

1 tsp rosewater

8 slices of watermelon

250g strawberries, sliced into rounds

roughly chopped pistachios, to serve

natural yoghurt (optional)


1. Make a light sugar syrup by combining the caster sugar with 125 millilitres (½ cup) of water, ginger and vanilla in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over a low-medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, and continue to simmer until lightly syrupy. Let cool then stir in rosewater.

2. Arrange watermelon slices on a plate and top with strawberries, and pour over the syrup. Just before serving, scatter over some pistachios. Dollops of natural yoghurt turn this salad into a light summery dessert.

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