Watermelon Caprese Salad

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Juicy watermelon is paired with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and drizzled with balsamic glaze in this refreshing Watermelon Caprese Salad.

Watermelon Caprese Salad

Watermelon Caprese Salad | With Balsamic Glaze

I decided to post a perfect light and summery recipe for you all today. We all know and love the traditional Caprese salad, yes? Well, this is like the tomato-hater version made with {say it with me}…

Cold, juicy and sweet watermelon paired with the creamy fresh mozzarella, the herby fresh basil and that balsamic glaze? Puh-lease. I’m a goner.

Don’t let the sweet watermelon idea throw  you off! It’s a similar taste to the fresh tomatoes, but better…and prettier because you can make cute little spheres!

Main Ingredients Needed

Just a few ingredients needed for this quick, refreshing salad:

  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Watermelon balls
  • Cracked black pepper– if desired

For the balsamic glaze-

  • Sugar
  • Balsamic vinegar

How To Make Watermelon Caprese Salad | Directions

Making this salad is pretty straight forward. Here are the step by step directions, for full recipe details see the printable recipe card down below.

Step 1: Scoop Watermelon

Scoop a bunch of watermelon into a bowl using a melon baller….about 2 cups or so?! As much as you want, basically.

Watermelon in a bowl

Step 2: Stack Mozzarella, Basil + Watermelon

Line serving platter with slices of mozzarella. Top with basil leaves, watermelon and black pepper.

Watermelon Caprese Salad on platter

Step 3: Make The Glaze

To finish the salad, I made a balsamic glaze–basically sugar and balsamic vinegar melted together and cooked down to form a syrup. {Original idea for balsamic syrup taken from this recipe}.

Basalmic Vinegar in pan

Step 4: Drizzle Glaze

Drizzle that glaze over the entire thing and add a little cracked black pepper and that’s it. Makes a lovely lunch or side dish to go with dinner. Really a light and lovely salad that anyone will love.

Watermelon Caprese Salad

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Give this recipe a whirl and let me know how you like it 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be reading a book with a fruity beverage by the pool.

Printable right here:

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Watermelon Caprese Salad

Juicy watermelon is paired with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and drizzled with balsamic glaze in this refreshing Watermelon Caprese Salad.
servings 4 side servings
Prep Time 13 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cut into slices
  • 6-8 large fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups watermelon balls
  • cracked black pepper if desired

for the balsamic glaze-

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  • Line serving platter with slices of mozzarella. Top with basil leaves, watermelon and black pepper.
  • To make the glaze- gently stir sugar and vinegar together in a small skillet. Simmer over medium heat to melt sugar. After about one minute, it should thicken. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  • Drizzle overtop of salad and serve.


Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 847IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 292mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Watermelon Caprese Salad

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  8. Susan Shortill

    Yup, it’s weird, but it’s GREAT–who knew this would go together so well?!?! Even the kids went for it (my friends’ kids, my kids eat just about anything) Keeping this recipe forever!!!

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  12. Kat Meller

    OH YUMMM. I am going to pin this one to have with my “non tomato” family. They love all things tomato”y” but tomatoes. This will be perfect.

    Thanks! Enjoy Miami

  13. Stephanie B.

    Delicious recipe and the photography is mouthwatering! Enjoy BlogherFood and we hope you keep being inspired by all things watermelon. We’re going to share this great post across our channels. #EatMoreWatermelon

  14. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    So excited to see you again! I’m also happy that your getting a little trip after the conference.

  15. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    YAY MIAMI! My hubby is coming with (we live in FL, so we are driving) and we are gonna stay a few extra days too! Can’t wait to meet you and eat all the food! I LOVE that you added watermelon to a caprese salad! Pinned!