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. This watermelon salad features fresh juicy watermelon, lime, basil, shallots and chevre goat cheese. 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.
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! 🙂
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.
You’ll find it handy to have a:
- 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
Cut the watermelon into bite-sized pieces and place into a salad bowl.
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.
Add the basil leaves and gently toss the salad.
Add the goat cheese and serve.