Watermelon Caprese Salad

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Happy hump day friends!

Did you know that summer officially starts this weekend? I’ll be breaking out my umbrellas and cooler and heading to the beach, because it’s supposed to be almost 90 degrees here in L.A.

In celebration of summer, today I’m serving up a fun take on the traditional Caprese salad, incorporating warm weather’s most in demand fruit: Watermelon.

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Not only is watermelon absolutely delicious, it is also chalk full of vitamins A and C, is said to soothe sore muscles, and it’s a natural diuretic — hello itty-bitty bikini!

This easy summer app is perfect for picnics, potlucks, and dinner parties. You can make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator, or quickly prepare it in under 10 minutes to serve fresh.

Enjoy!

Watermelon Caprese Salad

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Ingredients:

1/2 Mini Watermelon (about 4 cups)

4 oz. Part Skim Mozzarella

1/4 C. fresh Basil, shredded

Balsamic Reduction (optional)

Salt (optional)

Directions:

1. Dice your watermelon, and place in a serving bowl.

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2. Cube your mozzarella, and add to the bowl. I used this block of cheese from TJ’s but you could make it even easier on yourself and just cut up some string cheese if you want!

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3. Combine watermelon, cheese, and basil.

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4. It tastes amazing with just these three ingredients, but if you want to get fancy, you can add a balsamic reduction.

Simply simmer 1/4 C. Balsamic Vinegar in a pan over very low heat until it forms a thick syrup.

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5. Drizzle over salad.

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Total Calories: about 150 (serves 4)

I think it looks prettier without the balsamic, but the reduction adds a fabulous kick. Another way to punch up this salad: add salt.

That’s right, salt your watermelon. Sounds weird, but this whole thing is a little weird, isn’t it? The salt will actually bring out the fruit’s flavor.

In addition to snacking on this 24/7, some other meals making the rounds this week:

My 3-Ingredient Light & Zesty Dressing on everything from salads to zucchini noodles.

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Skinny Basil Chicken Salad — so much basil in my kitchen right now.

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And Smuices galore.

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The Smuice is back for summer, baby. Oh yeah.

Weigh In: What’s your favorite summer salad? Big plans for the first official weekend of summer?

*This post is linked to What I Ate Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, and Waste Not Want Not.

Comments

  1. Yay for summer! It’s been super hot and humid for the past week, so it actually already feels like summer is here! This watermelon caprese salad looks like a perfect summer side though! Perfect for a BBQ!
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  2. Yum! No big plans yet, but getting outdoors seems like a wonderful idea 🙂
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  3. This looks divine! I’m definitely making this! I have been consuming a lot of watermelon but still not as much as I would like, and caprese salads are one of my favorite things in the summer!
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  4. He He He! Ohhhh watermelons! 😉 #SummertimeSalad
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  5. Love watermelon salads! They’re great with feta as well 🙂
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  6. I am so happy for watermelon! And I’ve tried balsamic with strawberries but never with watermelon. My current watermelon love is shredding a bit of fresh mint into it then putting it into the freezer just long enough to get icy-not completely frozen hard, just extra-refreshing:)
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  7. Looks delish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  8. I’ve got watermelon and shredded mozzarella… good enough haha
    This looks really weird and interesting so I’m gonna HAVE to try it!
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  9. I love this salad Whitney and I’ve had it in restaurants before and it’s always one of my favorites so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe this summer! Have fun at the beach this weekend 🙂

    xoDale
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  10. YUM!!! I think I need to go to the store right now to get a watermelon and the other ingredients. I could probably live on this!! (well, I might need a bit more protein but still!)
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  11. Jeremy and I love watermelon. He made this for lunch today and we both loved it ! Love you x

  12. This looks absolutely delicious- and I love how it’s got the caprese flavour- I tried a watermelon and feta salad once and while it was good, the feta was too overpowering!
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  13. This looks soooo refreshing!
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  14. My goodness, this sure sounds yummy! Pinned to my Summer Salads board 🙂
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  15. Jennifer King says:

    Looks Amazing! So going to make this for the 4th of July celebration!! Thanks for such great recipes!

  16. Thanks for linking up to #GetHimFed last week. I’m featuring your post on #GetHimFed No. 41. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week. We party from early Friday morning through Sunday night every week. I’ve also pinned to our #GetHimFed Pinterest board.
    Annamaria
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  17. Naomi Vidal says:

    I made this salad for the family get together tonight, and everyone loved it!! Thanks for the recipes Whitney!! xoxo

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