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Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad

May 26, 2018 (Last Updated: June 7, 2021) by Chris Collins

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad is THE perfect summer salad. With the addition of some mouthwatering watermelon balls, this salad offers a gorgeous twist on the classic Caprese salad.

I know, it may seem like a slightly odd combo but I promise you it totally works. Think of it as a celebration of fruit and cheese, which happens to one of the most delicious combos of all time 😛 Follow me…

watermelon and mozzarella balls in a small white pot with olive oil blurred in background

Watermelon Balls

Sure, you could just slice up the watermelon, but look how dang cute the balls look 🥺

How to make Watermelon Balls

Now I know 99% of you are like ‘dang Chris, are you serious!?’ but for the other 1%, don’t make the mistake I did. This is not a mini ice-cream scoop, that is not how it works. Trying to scrape along the watermelon will make a mess. Instead, grab your melon baller and push into the flesh. Once you fill the baller, twist and scoop out the flesh.

hand using melon baller to cut into 1/4 whole watermelon

Watermelon Mozzarella Salad

This salad is a neat little play on the classic Caprese salad. It takes the classic mozzarella, tomato and basil combo and turns it on its head. In this case, I’ve traded out the tomato for watermelon and added some pine nuts for a nice little crunch! The creaminess of the mozzarella, with the sweetness of the watermelon and pine nuts, wrapped in silky extra virgin olive oil and a punch of lemon juice. UGH. I could eat this all over again.

Cherry Mozzarella Balls

Just to keep in with the ‘ball’ theme, I love using mini mozzarella balls in this salad. You can sub bocconcini or mozzarella pearls if you can find them, failing that you can just tear or dice up a ball of mozzarella.

What else can I add to this salad?

It’s delicious as it is, but if you want to load in some other goodies here’s a few additions that I find work quite nicely:

  • Cucumber
  • Red Onion
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Balsamic Glaze (reduce lemon juice so it’s not too acidic)

overhead shot of watermelon mozzarella salad ingredients in medium glass bowl

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yup! In fact it’ll actually help marry the flavours together. I recommend leaving out the salt though, and add just before serving. Otherwise it’ll draw out too much moisture from the watermelon and cause the salad to go soupy.

After more watermelon goodness? Check out these beauties:

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this mozzarella watermelon salad shall we?!

silver fork digging into small white pot of watermelon mozzarella salad

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad (Full Recipe & Video)

silver fork digging into small white pot of watermelon mozzarella salad

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad is THE perfect summer salad. With the addition of some mouthwatering watermelon balls, this salad offers a gorgeous twist on the classic caprese salad!
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Servings (click & slide): 3
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Al Fresco Dining / Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories per serving: 354kcal
Cost per serving: £3 / $4


  • Melon Baller (see notes)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Mixing Bowl & Spatula

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1/4 slice of a whole Watermelon
  • 7oz / 200g Cherry Mozzarella Balls (see notes)
  • 1 tbsp Pine Nuts, toasted if desired
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil, roughly chopped
  • squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • Carve out balls using a melon baller, discarding seeds as necessary.
  • Place in a bowl with your mozzarella, pine nuts, basil, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and salt & pepper. Combine then test for seasoning.
  • Cover and pop in the fridge or eat straight away!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) No Melon Baller? - Luckily this salad isn't just a pretty face, the flavours are going to taste great regardless of whether you ball the watermelon or not. Chopping into small chunks will sub fine. 
b) No Cherry Mozzarella? - You can sub Bocconcini or mozzarella pearls. Failing that just tear small chunks of mozzarella.
c) Additions - Cherry tomatoes would go delightfully here, as would cucumber or finely sliced red onion. You could also drizzle over some balsamic glaze (just reduce the lemon juice or it'll be too acidic).
d) Calories - Based on using 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice, then shared between 3 people.

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Nutrition Facts
Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 177
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.67g30%
Saturated Fat 9.281g46%
Trans Fat 0.001g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.896g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.701g
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 422mg18%
Potassium 500mg14%
Carbohydrates 30.82g10%
Fiber 1.6g6%
Sugar 24.33g27%
Protein 17.51g35%
Vitamin A 2641IU53%
Vitamin C 33.8mg41%
Calcium 366mg37%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    August 3, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    How would adding cherry tomatoes to this recipe sound?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 3, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      I personally think that would be great! Watermelon and tomato is a very underrated combo in my opinion

  • Reply
    May 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    5 stars
    Mmmm, mouthwatering! Love all the juicy flavors in your salad, I think it will become my Nr 1 salad this Summer!

    • Reply
      May 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Patty! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    May 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    5 stars
    I love the play of juicy watermelon with fresh mozzarella! This salad should be on my table all summer long. Congratulations on mastering the melon-baller. Now can you help me with pastry?

    • Reply
      May 28, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Haha thank you, Lisa! But unfortunately pastry is far beyond my culinary skills let me know when you master it and tell me everything you know!!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    This is such a great summer recipe…light and refreshing!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    5 stars
    I am loving your watermelon recipes! This looks and sounds incredible. I also love that you used pine nuts. I love them and think they aren’t used often enough!

  • Reply
    Neli Howard
    May 28, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy! This made me drool. Cannot wait to try this. This recipe looks incredible! I like all the ingredients in it. This is perfect for me. thank you.

    • Reply
      May 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Neli 🙂 Enjoy!