Sweet, savory combo pops in melon salad | Food and Cooking

Food-MilkStreet-Watermelon Salad

This image released by Milk Street shows a recipe for watermelon salad with tomato, basil and goat cheese.

To the uninitiated, the Italian pairing of melon and prosciutto may sound odd. But anyone who tries it learns the sweet fruit combines with salty richness into a deceptively simple whole greater than the sum of its parts.

For the height of summer, we kept that lesson in mind as we riffed on the savory-sweet classic in our book “COOKish,” which limits recipes to just six ingredients without sacrificing flavor. A base of watermelon plus savory