Vegan Watermelon Caprese Salad
This Vegan Watermelon Caprese Salad is packed with refreshing flavor. It only requires four ingredients and is always a major crowd-pleaser at summer BBQs.
Did you know that summer officially starts this weekend? I’ll be breaking out my umbrellas and cooler and heading to the beach because it’s supposed to be almost 90 degrees here in L.A.
In celebration of summer, today I’m serving up a fun take on the traditional Caprese salad, incorporating warm weather’s most in-demand fruit: watermelon.
Not only is watermelon absolutely delicious, but it is also chock-full of vitamins A and C and is said to soothe sore muscles. It’s a natural diuretic — goodbye bloating!
This easy summer app is perfect for picnics, potlucks, and dinner parties. You can make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator, or quickly prepare it in under 10 minutes to serve fresh.
Watermelon Caprese Salad
1/2 Mini Watermelon (about 4 cups)
4 oz. Vegan Mozzarella
1/4 C. fresh Basil, shredded
Balsamic Reduction (optional)
1. Dice your watermelon, and place in a serving bowl.
2. Cube your mozzarella, and add to the bowl.
3. Combine watermelon, cheese, and basil.
4. It tastes amazing with just these three ingredients, but if you want to get fancy, you can add a balsamic reduction.
Simply simmer 1/4 C. Balsamic Vinegar in a pan over very low heat until it forms a thick syrup.
5. Drizzle over salad.
Total Calories: about 150 (serves 4)
I think it looks prettier without the balsamic, but the reduction adds a fabulous kick. Another way to punch up this salad: add salt.
That’s right, salt your watermelon. Sounds weird, but this whole thing is a little weird, isn’t it? The salt will actually bring out the fruit’s flavor.
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Weigh In: Will you try this Vegan Watermelon Caprese Salad? What’s your favorite summer salad? Big plans for the first official weekend of summer?
Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat says:
Yay for summer! It’s been super hot and humid for the past week, so it actually already feels like summer is here! This watermelon caprese salad looks like a perfect summer side though! Perfect for a BBQ!
Yum! No big plans yet, but getting outdoors seems like a wonderful idea :)
Alex @ Kenzie Life says:
This looks divine! I’m definitely making this! I have been consuming a lot of watermelon but still not as much as I would like, and caprese salads are one of my favorite things in the summer!
GiGi Eats Celebrities says:
He He He! Ohhhh watermelons! ;) #SummertimeSalad
Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa says:
Love watermelon salads! They’re great with feta as well :)
I am so happy for watermelon! And I’ve tried balsamic with strawberries but never with watermelon. My current watermelon love is shredding a bit of fresh mint into it then putting it into the freezer just long enough to get icy-not completely frozen hard, just extra-refreshing:)
Jody - Fit at 56 says:
GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth says:
I’ve got watermelon and shredded mozzarella… good enough haha
This looks really weird and interesting so I’m gonna HAVE to try it!
Dale Janee says:
I love this salad Whitney and I’ve had it in restaurants before and it’s always one of my favorites so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe this summer! Have fun at the beach this weekend :)
YUM!!! I think I need to go to the store right now to get a watermelon and the other ingredients. I could probably live on this!! (well, I might need a bit more protein but still!)
Jeremy and I love watermelon. He made this for lunch today and we both loved it ! Love you x
Arman @ thebigmansworld says:
This looks absolutely delicious- and I love how it’s got the caprese flavour- I tried a watermelon and feta salad once and while it was good, the feta was too overpowering!
This looks soooo refreshing!
Shirley Wood says:
My goodness, this sure sounds yummy! Pinned to my Summer Salads board :-)
Jennifer King says:
Looks Amazing! So going to make this for the 4th of July celebration!! Thanks for such great recipes!
Annamaria @ Bakewelll Junction says:
Thanks for linking up to #GetHimFed last week. I’m featuring your post on #GetHimFed No. 41. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week. We party from early Friday morning through Sunday night every week. I’ve also pinned to our #GetHimFed Pinterest board.
Naomi Vidal says:
I made this salad for the family get together tonight, and everyone loved it!! Thanks for the recipes Whitney!! xoxo