A Fresh Take on Summer with a Watermelon Caprese Salad and More
I love summer and I LOVE tomatoes. One of my favorite summer meals is cold tomato slices and fresh sweet corn. I'm not one to pass on a good Caprese salad either, but as much as love tomatoes, my tummy can get a little sensitive to foods in the nightshade family. That's why I love the idea of making this Watermelon Caprese Salad from the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
It's a colorful and good for you take on an Italian classic that would make a great refreshing side dish to enjoy on your patio this summer. Bonus, according to award-winning nutrition author and registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer, watermelon has more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable per serving.
Grab some red and yellow watermelon to make an eye-catching presentation, and get ready to serve up this refreshing take on a classic that will serve six.
Watermelon Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
- 12 - slices watermelon cut into rounds or squares, approximately 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick, with seeds removed
- 1/2 - cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 - tablespoons honey
- 1/2 - pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 12 slices
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 1/4 - cup fresh basil leaves, loosely chopped
- 2 - tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 - sprig basil, for garnish
- Place watermelon slices on paper towels and cover with additional paper towels to absorb excess fluid.
- In small saucepan over medium heat, add vinegar and honey. Stir to blend, bring to simmer and reduce heat. Stir occasionally until mixture is reduced by almost half. (Do not let reduce too far or allow to froth.) Set aside to cool slightly.
- On large platter, place watermelon slices and top each with slice of cheese. Add salt and pepper, to taste, then sprinkle basil leaves evenly over top. Drizzle with olive oil, followed by reduced balsamic vinegar. Garnish with sprig of basil.
Not sure what to pair the watermelon caprese with, or want a full meal to share your new recipe with friends?
Find more ideas for using every bite of fruit, juice and rind of the watermelon at watermelon.org. Check back with That Odd Mom soon as we will also be sharing recipes for a watermelon rind slaw, slice ice pops and superfood smoothies!
Have you ever swapped out watermelon for a traditional ingredient in a recipe?