I’m totally in love with watermelon. Like I’ve made watermelon mint sorbet and watermelon lemonade and now I’m sharing a watermelon salad with you because seriously I’m thinking it might be one of the best things about summer. Whenever I’m having a creative brain block I start to think about how my favorite restaurants and chefs would serve something like watermelon salad. I had already made a list of ingredients I wanted to include in my salad and I really wanted to show you something beautiful. I cut the watermelon with a scalloped circle cookie cutter to make the “base” of the salad and then piled it high with all the other ingredients.
Peach & Cucumber Watermelon Salad Recipe
I created this combination of farm fresh peaches, fresh crunchy cucumbers, delicious watermelon all together paired with a slice of mozzarella, crumbled blue cheese, a few shavings of a shallot and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and I’m in love. I ate it for lunch right after I photographed it and cleaned my plate. The flavors all meld really well, but feel free to leave out the shallot if you don’t like the zing of it.
- Blue Cheese Crumbles (i prefer gorgonzola)
- Slices of Fresh Mozzarella
- Balsamic Vinegar (really really good quality)
- To assemble this salad you'll want to cut your watermelon down the center and cut 1" slices.
- Then take a cookie cutter and cut out rounds. My cookie cutter was 2.5" diameter.
- Take a slice of mozzarella and place it on top of your watermelon.
- Then chop up your peach and cucumber into tiny squares to top the watermelon & mozzarella.
- Thinly slice your shallot and place a few slices on each round as well as the blue cheese, I probably put about 1 tablespoon on each round.
- The last step is to drizzle with a good quality balsamic vinegar.
Serve and enjoy! As you chop up the watermelon with your fork the juices drain onto the plate and everything starts to mix together and the flavors truly meld. It’s delicious!
If you’ve never had really good balsamic vinegar I’d venture to say it will change your life. We have a little store here that’s called Heavenly Oils & Vinegars, I bet you have a similar place in your city these franchises are popping up all over the place where you can go in and taste like over a bazillion different flavors of olive oils and vinegars. In my opinion go for the traditional 18 year aged, skip the chocolate and raspberry and whatever else and go for traditional, you’ll want to put it on everything!