Watermelon Salad with Goat Cheese & Basil

This watermelon salad with goat cheese and basil is bursting with flavor! You’ll love the sweet fruit, tangy cheese, fresh herbs, and red onion with the bright vinaigrette.

Watermelon is delicious to eat on its own or mixed in with a few other fruits. I’ve always thought of it as a nice, refreshing summer treat with a mild taste.

But have you ever tried combining it with big, bold flavors? This watermelon salad with goat cheese and basil does exactly that, and it may be my new favorite summer salad!

Crisp fruit, tangy goat cheese, vibrant red onion, and fresh basil tossed in a bright lemon vinaigrette is a symphony of tastes. Seriously, the flavors are amazing together!

And the entire recipe takes about 15 minutes or less to make. Just mix the vinaigrette ingredients, chop your watermelon and onion, then combine everything in a bowl and dig in. It’s incredibly simple, but so delicious.

How to make watermelon salad with goat cheese and basil

Ready to see how this easy salad comes together in just 4 steps?

Salad ingredients in separate ramekins, as seen from above

Step 1: In a small bowl, mix together the vinaigrette ingredients until smooth. Set aside.

Step 2: Add the cubed watermelon to a large salad bowl.

Step 3: Crumble the goat cheese over the watermelon, add the sliced red onion, then sprinkle with the torn basil leaves.

Step 4: Just before serving, drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss well to combine.

That’s it! Your salad is ready to enjoy.

Close up of salad with watermelon, onion, goat cheese, and basil

Variations for your salad

Want to get creative with this recipe? You can easily substitute ingredients to try out different flavor combinations!

Instead of goat cheese, you could use feta to add even more tanginess. Or, for a milder flavor, fresh mozzarella would be delicious with the watermelon and basil.

Don’t love red onion? Use a milder onion, or simply omit it altogether.

Want to try out some different herbs? Fresh mint, cilantro, or dill would each be a fun twist on the flavor profile.

Finally, feel free to swap out the lemon vinaigrette for another dressing of your choice. This easy balsamic vinaigrette or citrus vinaigrette would both be great options.

Have some fun with the flavors of this dish!

Storage

Once you slice fruit, it’s best to serve as soon as possible. If you want to prep this dish in advance, you can chop and combine all the ingredients except the vinaigrette, then store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator.

When you’re ready to serve, add the vinaigrette and mix to combine.

Leftover salad can be stored covered in the refrigerator for a day or two, but keep in mind that the vinaigrette will soften the watermelon.

Salad with watermelon, onion, goat cheese, and basil in a white bowl next to a ramekin with salad dressing

Other delicious watermelon recipes

Looking for more ways to use this refreshing summer fruit? I love finding new options to incorporate it into easy recipes! Here are a few of my favorites that I know you’ll enjoy:

When you’ve tried this salad, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!

Watermelon salad with goat cheese and basil

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Watermelon Salad with Goats Cheese and Basil

This watermelon salad with goat cheese and basil is bursting with flavor! You’ll love the sweet fruit, tangy cheese, fresh herbs, and red onion with the bright vinaigrette.
Course Salad, Salads & Dressings
Cuisine American
Diet Diabetic
Keyword fruit salad, Watermelon salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 102kcal
Author Shelby Kinnaird

Ingredients

Salad

  • 5 cups watermelon (cubed)
  • ½ red onion (sliced thinly)
  • 3.5 ounces goat cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (torn)

Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together the vinaigrette ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
  • Add the cubed watermelon to a large salad bowl.
  • Crumble the goat cheese over the watermelon, add the sliced red onion, then sprinkle with the torn basil leaves.
  • Just before serving, drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss well to combine.

Notes

This recipe is for 10 servings of watermelon salad. Each serving is a ½ cup.

This salad can be prepped a few hours in advance. Chop and combine the watermelon, onion, cheese, and basil, then store covered in the refrigerator. Mix the vinaigrette, then store separately in the refrigerator.

Once mixed, leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for a day or two. Keep in mind that the vinaigrette will soften the watermelon.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.2g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 1.6mg | Sodium: 149.7mg | Potassium: 136.8mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 5.2g | Net carbs: 6.5g

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