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August 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Restaurant recipe: Radiator Whiskey’s Tomato-Watermelon Salad

I like to cook as much as I like to eat in restaurants, but much of what I eat in restaurants, I wouldn’t attempt to reproduce at home. Isn’t that why we go to restaurants, after all?  Chefs cook so much better than we do. Still there are times when I taste something delicious that seems within my grasp, and I think: “I want that recipe!”

Tomato-Watermelon Salad with chili vinaigrette at Radiator Whiskey. Photo: Nancy Leson

Tomato-Watermelon Salad with chili vinaigrette at Radiator Whiskey. Photo: Nancy Leson

At Radiator Whiskey, I loved the cornflake-crusted chicken livers, the lamb neck sloppy Joe and the fried beef-lip terrine that chefs Tyler Palagi and Charlie Garrison do so well. But one dish I want to work into my regular repertoire at home is their flaming-red tomato and watermelon salad —especially now, while both key ingredients are at their seasonal peaks.  Palagi shared their recipe (not yet tested by me).

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