Melon Mozzarella Salad with Basil
This melon mozzarella salad is the perfect combination of creamy, sweet and savory. It’s a great summer salad recipe and definite crowd pleaser.
We’re in the middle of another heat wave, so I’ve had cooling, no-cooking-necessary salads on repeat. Turning the oven or stove on when it’s blazing hot outside just seems like a silly idea, no? But if I do opt for any sort of cooking, it’s late at night after the sun’s gone down and I make extra for leftovers…so I don’t have to cook again the next day. I guess you could call it weather induced batched cooking!
The other dilemma with this week’s temps is that it’s virtually impossible to film new YouTube videos, which is a total bummer. Even though my little studio is in the basement, the basement has west-facing windows which quickly turns it into a dry-heat sauna in the afternoon. And with all the running back-and-forth and up-and-down the stairs I do for videos and recipes (I always forget something upstairs), I look like a hot, sweaty mess pretty darn fast. So videos will have to wait until next week, but I’m really excited for the next one…as it’s the base for so many delicious breakfast variations. Any guesses?
There’s really not much to say about this melon mozzarella salad, other than it’s simple, easy and delicious…and it’s perfect for summer. But I did have to laugh that when I was uploading the pictures, as I noticed that I’ve had a shape theme with my last two salads. For my watermelon, cucumber and feta salad everything was squares and this time everything is round balls. Too funny. I promise I’m okay eating melon salads not cut into consistent shapes…though I feel like I have to prove it moving forward.
But there is something to be said about consistent shapes and presentation and if you’re making either of these salads for a picnic, potluck or barbecue, consistent shapes will garner all the “oooh’s and ahhh’s” and make it seem like you slaved over the salad much longer than you did. Always a bonus.
Melon Mozzarella Salad with Basil
- 1 cantaloupe melon
- 1 honeydew melon
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 1/2 cups mozzarella balls
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp honey
- salt and pepper, to taste
- chopped raw cashews, for garnish
- Slice the melons in half, remove the seeds and use a melon baller to create small melon balls. Place those in a large mixing bowl. Add the blueberries, mozzarella and basil.
- Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, honey and salt and pepper in a small bowl and drizzle on top of the salad. Gently stir to combine.
- Top with chopped cashews before serving.
Other recipes you might like:
Cucumber Melon Gazpacho with Ginger Shrimp
Orange, Fennel and Avocado Salad
I want to make this salad, but I’m thinking about swapping the blueberries for Kalamata olives, what do you think?
That could be an interesting take! Let me know how that turns out :)
Great recipes!!! Thank you so much!!!! Annalise Esbach
This looks incredible. I cannot have tomato right now and am missing caprese salad. Can’t wait to try this. Can’t have cashews either, but will use pecans or pistachios.
Hope you enjoy this one Cindy :)
What do you recommend to pair this salad with? It looks delicious and want to make it. Just not sure what meat to pair it with
Hi Karla – This would taste great with anything really! I would say either chicken or beef. But this would be a great dish to make for any summer cookout as well :)
I love the shape of the ingredients here. Makes it an absolutely amazing dish that is worth trying ASAP! Can’t wait.
Hi Mahy- The perfect summer, refreshing salad!
Such a pretty, delicious salad! I will be eating this all summer long.
Hi Emmeline – Definitely a summer go-to salad :)
I eat caprese salads all the time and never thought to mix use the mozzarella for any other type of salad. I am looking forward to this.
Hi Whitney- This will be perfect for the upcoming warmer months :)
The flavors of the melon and the basil in this salad are heavenly. It is a brunch favorite of mine.
Hi Jayne- So glad you enjoyed this salad! The basil really does add a hint of freshness.
This looks marvelous. I’ve never had anything like this and can’t wait to try it.
Hi Andrea- This is such a fun and delicious way to serve melons :)
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Beautiful, refreshing salad! Definitely perfect for the hot weather (believe it or not, we’re having major hot weather here in Ohio as well). Stay cool!
It seems everyone’s got crazy heat waves right now! And before you know it, we’ll all be freezing – ha! Glad you liked the salad and you stay cool as well! :) x