Herbed Watermelon Salad with Fresh Goat Cheese

On warm summer days we love this refreshing watermelon salad featuring crisp watermelon balanced with bright, fresh goat cheese.

By Yankee Magazine

Aug 09 2022


Herbed watermelon salad with fresh goat cheese.

Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

If you’ve never tried a sweet-meets-savory watermelon salad, you’re missing out! We love this dish for the sweet, crisp watermelon balanced with bright, fresh goat cheese, a cooling and refreshing starter on a warm day. Prepare the ingredients in advance; then toss the watermelon with dressing just before serving.


6 servings

For the salad:


1 4- to 5-pound seedless watermelon
1 small red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese (see “Note,” below)2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint leaves


Cut the rind away from the watermelon and cut the flesh into ½-inch-thick wedges. Arrange the melon on a serving platter and sprinkle with the onion, goat cheese, and mint.

For the dressing:


1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. Taste and add more salt if desired. Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad. Serve immediately.