This Watermelon Basil Salad brings sweet, summery flavors together with a tangy balsamic vinegar dressing. There’s nothing like a simple summer salad recipe!
Using Herbs with Fruit
We’ve been really getting into the combo of sweet fruits and herbs this summer, particularly watermelon and basil.
This Watermelon Basil Lemonade started me off loving the sweet and bright herby combo, and I knew I didn’t just want to leave it at a beverage.
A Little About Basil
Basil is one cool little herb.
You probably know it most for seasoning in Italian dishes like Caprese Salad and pesto. But this bright herb can be taken away from tomatoes and garlic and still work magic.
And with its high levels of vitamin A and C, iron, and potassium, there’s a reason to find any excuse you can to load up.
Our Watermelon Basil Salad Recipe
This is a simple salad base of dark greens and cool cucumber, but the crisp and juicy watermelon give a sweet burst, and the basil leaves hidden among the greens jump in with their punch of flavor.
And then there’s the dressing.
Balsamic Vinegar with Watermelon
Balsamic vinegar with watermelon, you say?
And, I say yes.
The deep tang of a honeyed balsamic dressing adds just enough depth to the sweetness of the watermelon.
This is a salad that I could eat all summer long.
Watermelon Basil Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing
For the Balsamic Dressing
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
For The Watermelon Basil Salad
- 2 c mixed greens
- ¼ c fresh basil, coarsely chopped
- 1 c watermelon, cubed
- ¼ c cucumber, sliced and quartered
- In a small bowl mix together vinegar and honey for the dressing, whisking until combined. Set aside.
- Place greens on serving plate. Toss with basil. Top with watermelon and cucumber.
- Add dressing as desired.