This Strawberry Melon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette is an adult-loving, but kid friendly salad because just about everything in it is something that most adults and children will happily eat.
Cantaloupes are pretty cheap in the summer months, and that is a good thing. In my house, we’d eat cantaloupe morning, noon and night if we could. And we pretty much feel the same about strawberries, too. That’s why this Strawberry Melon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette is a hit for all ages. That sweet fruit is just wonderful to add to greens and top with a fruity dressing!
- seedless watermelon
- red onion
- white wine vinegar
- olive oil
- fresh basil
- mixed greens
- Gorgonzola cheese
Feel free to use other kids of melon in this salad. Honeydew melon would be a good addition. Other berries such as raspberries and blackberries would be wonderful too. Champagne vinegar may be substituted for white wine vinegar. And feta cheese may be substituted for the Gorgonzola cheese.
The star of this salad is the watermelon vinaigrette. It’s a simple whir in the blender of watermelon chunks with onion, vinegar, honey, olive oil and basil.
How to make Strawberry Melon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette:
The salad itself starts with salad greens, strawberries, melon and watermelon.
The fruit is spooned onto mixed greens and then topped with crumbled gorgonzola. I like to use the real creamy kind of gorgonzola that you buy in the package and crumble yourself, but you can always use the already-crumbled sort if you prefer. If you’re not a big fan of gorgonzola, leave it out or sub with feta cheese. The watermelon vinaigrette is drizzled on top.
What do you think? Will your kids eat this? Or more importantly, will you eat this? My family finds this salad refreshing and delicious in the midst of the hot days of summer. The gorgonzola is a nice touch- a welcomed tangy flavor to pair with the sweetness of the fruit. And it sure is an affordable salad if your summer fruit is as cheap as it is where I live right now.
More Recipes Using Watermelon:
- Watermelon Salsa
- Grilled Watermelon Salad
- Watermelon Strawberry Caprese Salad
- Watermelon Mojitos
- Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges
- Watermelon Sorbet
- Watermelon Mango Margaritas
Weight Watchers Friendly and Gluten Free!
There are a few things about this Strawberry Melon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette worth noting. It’s perfect for those following the Weight Watchers WW plan, and you’ll find a link to the WW Points on the recipe card below. If you leave off the cheese entirely, the point count drops even lower! This salad has a mere 156 calories per serving, for those who are counting. And it’s gluten free (providing that your olive oil and cheese choices are free of gluten). Enjoy!
Here are a few more fruity green salad recipes you might enjoy:
- Green Salad with Strawberries and Sugared Almonds
- Triple Berry Spinach Salad
- Kiwi Berry Salad with Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing
- Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken
- Arugula, Berry and Goat Cheese Salad
Strawberry Melon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette
- ½ cup watermelon chunks
- 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cups chopped strawberries
- 2 cups chopped cantaloupe
- 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
- 6 cups mixed greens
- ¾ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese or feta cheese
PREPARE THE VINAIGRETTE:
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and pulse until well combined. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
ASSEMBLE THE SALAD:
- In a medium bowl, toss strawberries, cantaloupe and melon together in a medium bowl.
- To serve, divide greens between 6 salad bowls. Top each with about 1 cup of fruit, and sprinkle with gorgonzola cheese. Drizzle each serving with watermelon vinaigrette.
- Try using other kinds of berries or melon too.
- If you don’t care for gorgonzola, try subbing feta cheese (or leave out the cheese).