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Watermelon, Strawberry, Basil Salad {2 ways}

2-fer' Friday!  Staring watermelon!

Organic, fair-trade watermelon on sale for $2.50!  What could be better?  Such a huge amount of fruit for that price.  Does anyone else have the problem when cutting watermelon [or pineapple!] that they literally eat HALF of it while cutting.  I'm so incredibly guilty of this.  Even if I just ate a huge meal I can never stop shoveling this juicy fruit into my face.

Luckily, after eating half a mini watermelon yesterday I still had enough left to create the following.  It's rare that fruit actually makes it to a recipe around here.

I'm super excited to share this incredibly refreshing, summery salad with you today.  And it couldn't be simpler.  Well, I'm sure it could be, but this is pretty freaking simple.

And the best part is that there are 2 variations, which are both perfect to share at a picnic or potluck.

If you decide to make the skewers I have a few rules you need to follow.

Well, really just one:  Don't change anything about this recipe!  

Especially the basil leaf!  The burst of juice from the watermelon, the sweetness from the strawberry and honey drizzle, the tangy goat cheese, and the pop of flavor from the basil all fuse together perfectly.  Seriously.  Don't mess with this!  And how pretty are purple basil leaves?  I'm determined to keep my herbs going strong this year.  So far so good.

For the 2nd salad version I'm introducing quinoa to the mix to make it a bit more side-dish worthy and less of an appetizer/snack.

Tri-colored quinoa is so fun but usually much more expensive.  Finally caught it on sale!

There are a few different ways you could serve this salad.

>> Individual bowls or cups mixed with the dressing before serving.

>> All mixed up with the dressing and served on a platter or in a large bowl.

>> Or, plated on a large platter or individual plates in layers and served with dressing on the side.

Layer: quinoa - watermelon - strawberries - sliced almonds - goat cheese - basil - black pepper - drizzle of honey - dressing on the side

I think I like this version best.  The presentation ends up a bit prettier as an added bonus!  

Print this!

Watermelon Strawberry Basil Skewers gluten-free // yield varies 

  • Watermelon, cubed ~1-1 1/2-inch in size
  • Strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • Basil leaves, 1 small leaf per skewer 
  • Goat cheese
  • Honey
  1. Layer the watermelon cube, basil leaf [if the leaves are large cut in half], goat cheese, strawberry, then skewer together with a toothpick.
  2. Top with a drizzle of honey just before serving.  Best served immediately. 

 Watermelon Strawberry Basil Quinoa Salad gluten-free // yields 6+, side-dish servings

  • 1 batch lemon shallot dressing
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon, 1/4-1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled + chopped
  • Goat cheese, crumbled
  • Basil, thinly sliced
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Honey 
  • Lemon, strawberries, salt, pepper, to garnish
  1. After quinoa has cooked, let cool and then place in the fridge until fully chilled.
  2. Plate just before serving.
  3. Plating option 1: Toss quinoa + fruit together with as much dressing as desired.  Place in a large bowl/platter or in individual serving cups and top with crumbled goat cheese, sliced basil, almonds, and a honey drizzle.  Add other garnishes if desired.  Serve immediately.  
  4. Plating option 2: Plate quinoa on a large platter, then add the watermelon + strawberries on top, followed by the crumbled goat cheese, basil, and sliced almonds.  Add other garnishes if desired.  Drizzle with honey drizzle + dressing or serve on the side.  Serve immediately. 

Lemon Shallot Dressing gluten-free // yields +1/2 cup

from: this post

  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar, seal the jar, and shake vigorously to incorporate the honey.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve and shake before pouring.  Flavors deepen as it sits.

Enjoy + have a fantastic weekend!


Reader Comments (20)

They make purple basil????
I need that immediately. These look amazing! Pinned on Pinterest. Done and done.
Thank you!
I am just like you, I can not stop eating the fuit. Especially if it is watermelon!!
These are so pretty and I love them!
May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
Wow, this looks so refreshing :) and just about the right time over here in the UK :). Our summer is warming up a bit and I've been hoping to get inspired to try some new salads. I had half a watermelon the other day, and when I go for pineapple, I keep going back to the fridge until there's none left ;)
May 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade C
Love the little bites version!!! Its perfect for a party!
May 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. & Mrs. P
May 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteragi
What a perfect summer snack! These would be so great for bridal or baby showers too!
May 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Taggs
perfetc! i love it!
May 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkarin
I have been known to make myself sick from eating watermelon, there is just something about it! Couple that with my uncle's watermelon farm aka endless supply, and I was in trouble.
May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Such a classic combo with a twist! Can't wait to try to quinoa version!
The skewered version looks adorable, and the quinoa salad sounds so delicious. I love that you paired the sweet watermelon with savory ingredients!
I like that first photo of the watermelon. It is a lot more shadowy than most food photos but I like it like that. Separately, I love all the ingredients you have in that salad. I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe out. Good work!
May 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeegan
i love watermelon with feta cheese and basil. I haven't tried it with goat cheese yet, but it sounds delicious!!
I made a similar version of this the other night (sans lemon dressing), and it was SOOOO good!!! That flavor combo! I could eat it everyday. Like summer in a bowl :) Thanks for the inspiration!
Awesome! Thank you for sharing
Love this! Looks delicious and super yummie. Perfect meal now in the summer!
Both of these versions are so beautiful! I love these flavor combinations too…I'm about to run out to the store now…I'm picking up ingredients to make this for my party tomorrow! Thanks!
July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline
Quinoa! Yay! This recipe is so super-tasty! Thank you! : )
July 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather - Chickabug
So glad to hear it!
July 12, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
What's Tri-colored quinoa???? Do we get this in India. I just love the look of this & m sure the taste would be superb, but pls te;; me abt this Quinoa............thnx,
Or let me know if this thing is not availbale in India, isthere any substitute for this.
October 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhello
I loved this! I used feta instead of goat cheese and left out the shallot in the dressing. I used tricolor quinoa and purple basil and it was just gorgeous.
May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah@WellDined

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