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Watermelon Burrata Salad

Watermelon and cheese may not seem like two ingredients that go well together, but this refreshing Watermelon Burrata Salad will change your mind! 

A dish of watermelon burrata salad on a blue towel

I can't believe it's already the end of July! Less than one month until my son starts back to school (first grade, here he comes). In the meantime, we're making the most of summer with trips to the water park, camping (well, Liam and Daddy went camping), eating outdoors, and backyard grilling.

We switch up what we grill, sometimes steak, sometimes chicken, sometimes burgers. We might serve corn on the cob, or potato salad, or fresh fruit salad. But once a week every summer, the same old things can get, well, old.

Watermelon being poured into a dish with two balls of burrata

If you're bored with the usual cookout side dishes, try this watermelon burrata salad. I know, I know .... watermelon and cheese? Together? Are you serious?

Yes! This salad's flavor is amazing. With only five ingredients, this salad's flavor is complex yet light. The textures of the ingredients are quite different, yet complement each other well. The olive oil combines with the watermelon juice to make a sort of vinaigrette.

A dish of watermelon burrata salad with a fork

If you're not familiar with the burrata, it's basically an outer pouch of mozzarella with cream and curd in the middle. It's often found in a plastic container with the specialty cheeses in your local grocery store.

Burrata is best served as-is (not baked or melted) at room temperature, because when it's sliced open, the creamy curd spills out into the salad, which makes it perfect for summer get-togethers.

A dish of watermelon burrata salad

Watermelon Burrata Salad

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Watermelon and cheese may not seem like two ingredients that go well together, but this refreshing Watermelon Burrata Salad will change your mind!


  • 2 cups watermelon, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup basil, chiffonade
  • 8 oz burrata cheese
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Gently toss the watermelon cubes with the basil. 
  2. Place the burrata cheese in a shallow serving bowl. Gently pour the watermelon/basil mixture around the burrata. 
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the salad, then season with salt and pepper. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 servings Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 626Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 861mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 26g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Barb | Creative Culinary

Friday 3rd of August 2018

This looks so beautiful and inviting Colleen. I'm actually in search of burrata; I have a recipe that calls for it but it's being very elusive; wish me luck.

I made a salad with a more pungent cheese, Gorgonzola, but I can only imagine how delicious the smooth creamy burrata is too...I'll have to put it next on my list!


Thursday 2nd of August 2018

Burrata makes everything so special, but I've never considered pairing it with watermelon!! What a fabulous idea. I love how simple this is - it allows all the great flavors to shine!

Carol Borchardt

Wednesday 1st of August 2018

I've actually got burrata in my refrigerator right now that needs to be used. This looks like the perfect way to use it! The addition of the fresh basil sounds lovely!


Tuesday 31st of July 2018

I haven't used burrata in salad. This looks so amazing and your description is so mouth-watering. I've got to get burrata and try your simple summer delight. Pair this with a great baguette and some grilled fish and I'm set. Oh yeah, maybe a bit of chocolate for dessert:)

Karen @Karen's Kitchen stories

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Your watermelon is such a beautiful deep red color. The burrata with the watermelon sounds delicious!

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