This super easy watermelon salad with basil and mozzarella is the perfect summers day salad. Light, refreshing, and – perhaps most importantly on a hot day – no cooking required!

Cool juicy watermelon, creamy mozzarella and fragrant basil are a wonderful combination. It is a salad you can eat as a meal in itself, or makes a great side for barbecue or buffet.

If you are anything like me, on a hot day you get seduced by the wedges of watermelon in the shops. You buy one, get home, cut some chunks off and eat as is…then the next day the family decide they don’t want it.

The question then is, “What do I do with the couple of kilos of watermelon in my fridge?”

I often make these healthy 3 ingredient watermelon ice lollies with some, but also like to use it in a salad. Adding some chunks of watermelon in a salad makes it super light and refreshing, and great for those days when it is so hot you don’t feel like eating much.

When I first began to make this salad I always added balsamic vinegar, but one day I didn’t have it so used just olive oil. I actually prefer the light simplicity of solely olive oil, but if you have balsamic and want to use it, then go ahead! One thing I would recommend not to leave out is the salt: salt brings the savoury flavour from the watermelon and ties the dish together.

Can you make this watermelon basil mozzarella salad ahead?

Yes, it will keep up to 24 hours in the fridge. The basil does go a little brown over time so I would add this just before serving.

If you are looking for more salad ideas, why not have a look at my Smoked Salmon Caesar, Curried Chicken Salad or Beetroot, Feta & Walnut Salad

Have you made this recipe? Tag me on Instagram #atmrsjoneskitchen or Facebook, or leave a comment below. I’d love to see your creation!

Watermelon Salad with Mozzarella & Basil

Watermelon Salad with Mozzarella & Basil

Yield: 2-3

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Category: Lunch, Plant Based | Vegetarian, Quick, Soups, Salads & Light Meals, Under 30 Minutes

Cuisine: modern english/modern australian

Ingredients

2c / 300g Watermelon, cubed

200g Cherry mozzarella – or tear a large mozzarella into bitesize pieces

1-2 tbsp fresh basil

2 tsp Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Optional: Balsamic vinegar


Method

Combine the cubed watermelon and mozzarella. Roughly tear the basil and mix into the watermelon with the olive oil.

Season with salt and pepper and serve.

4 thoughts on “Watermelon Salad with Basil & Mozzarella

  1. I love the savoury use of the watermelon, it creates such fun and unexpected summer dishes! I’ve tried it with feta before but never mozzarella, so I definitely have to try this combo too!

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