A bright and colorful bowl of watermelon salad, topped with fresh basil.
Plant-based, Salads

Watermelon salad


Watermelon salad features fresh juicy watermelon, lime, basil, shallots and chevre goat cheese. It’s refreshing and delicious.

A bright and colorful bowl of watermelon salad, topped with fresh basil.
Cool and refreshing watermelon salad

When temperatures on on the rise, I’m on the look-out for easy, healthy and refreshing recipes. This salad takes minutes to prepare and tastes amazing. It’s a sweet and savory delight.

Using fresh basil from the garden makes it extra special. I chiffonade the leaves. Simply roll the leaves in a long bundle. Then using a sharp knife, cut thin strips down the length of the bundle. You’ll end up with long thin strips without any bruising.

A big bowl of refreshing watermelon salad.
Lime, basil and watermelon taste amazing together

Cool and refreshing watermelon salad makes a great side dish for summer BBQs.

It’s hard to believe that watermelon could be a local crop in Washington. But I’ve noticed local watermelons from the Columbia Basin popping up in stores and farmers markets. Maybe you’ll see local watermelons from your area too.

I hope you are enjoying your summer. I think your family will enjoy this salad. Let me know if you try it! 🙂

Watermelon salad in a big bowl. Slices of watermelon and a lime next to it.
Watermelon salad is perfect for a hot day

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For this recipe I used Classic Chevre. It has a soft texture and very mild flavor. This cheese is great in fresh leafy green salads.

Useful tools:

Zester and grater
Citrus Juicer (Lemon) or a
Glass Citrus Juicer

Watermelon salad

Sweet and savory. Cool and refreshing. This watermelon salad with basil and goat cheese is perfect on hot summer days.

  • 3 1/2 cups watermelon (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice ((about half a lime))
  • zest of half a lime
  • 1 tbsp shallots (diced)
  • 1 pinch sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (hand torn or chiffonade)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh chevre-style goat cheese
  1. Cut the watermelon into bite-sized pieces and place into a salad bowl.
  2. In a small separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, shallots, salt and pepper to make a dressing. Pour the dressing over the watermelon.
  3. Add the basil leaves and gently toss the salad.
  4. Add the goat cheese and serve.

Recipe courtesy of https://northwestspoon.com Join our email newsletter for more fresh, healthy and satisfying recipes. You’ll find it handy to have a: Zester and grater Citrus Juicer (Lemon) or a Glass Citrus Juicer


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