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Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad

May 26, 2018 (Last Updated: June 29, 2019)

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.

Well, let’s just say after uploading my watermelon and feta salad recipe, I reignited my watermelon addiction. More specifically, my watermelon and cheese addiction. ‘Cause let’s be real, is there a more delicious combo!? Nope, not when it looks this darn good 😋

Watermelon and Mozzarella Ball Salad with olive oil in the background

This salad is a neat little play on the classic caprese salad. Just like my stacked tomato salad, it takes the classic mozzarella, tomato and basil combo and turns it on it’s 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.

But first, let’s talk balls.

How to make Watermelon Balls

 Finding out what a melon baller was and learning how to use it genuinely changed my life for the better.

Now, anything that can be ‘balled’ will be. No questions asked.

It’s funny though, embarrassingly when I first bought one I had no clue how to use the thing 🤣

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.

Voila, perfect watermelon balls!

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad ingredients

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad Ingredients

  • 1/4 whole Watermelon
  • 10 oz/300g Cherry Mozzarella Balls
  • 1 tbsp Pine Nuts
  • Handful of Fresh Basil
  • Squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper

And that’s it! Minimal ingredients but everything plays it’s part beautifully.

Watermelon and mozzarella salad is the perfect summer salad! Deliciously simple and easy on the eye, this fun way to use up watermelon is sure to brighten up your next brunch!

Now somebody get me a darn fork, I’m starving!

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad balls

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Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad (Full Recipe & Video)

Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad balls

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.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 120

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Whole Watermelon
  • 7oz / 200g Cherry Mozzarella Balls
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. Test for seasoning.
  • Cover and pop in the fridge or eat straight away!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes

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) Calories - Based on 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.9g4%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 402mg17%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.9g1%
Protein 16.2g32%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Calcium 480mg48%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* 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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After another unique Watermelon Salad recipe? Check out my Grilled Watermelon Salad!

Grilled Watermelon Salad with arugula, blue cheese and pistachios

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Patty
    May 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm


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

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Patty! Enjoy 🙂

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


    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
      Chris
      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
    Demeter
    May 28, 2018 at 1:16 pm

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

  • Reply
    shelby
    May 28, 2018 at 1:02 pm


    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


    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
      Chris
      May 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Neli 🙂 Enjoy!

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