Watermelon Caprese

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Watermelon Caprese is a totally delicious way to eat Caprese salad in the summertime.

watermelon caprese salad on a white plate

My kiddo made a salad a couple of summers ago that we eat quite often. It’s a Watermelon- Strawberry Caprese Salad. It’s the perfect salad that has all the best summery flavors. That one doesn’t have any balsamic glaze, so we sometimes make a Watermelon Caprese that does. This Caprese is so delicious drizzled with sweet balsamic glaze. It’s our favorite, super-simple salad recipe to make for summer.

slices of fresh watermelon

The best watermelon to use:

The best size watermelon to use for your Watermelon Caprese is the small personal-sized watermelon. Make sure it’s seedless. You will see little white seeds throughout the watermelon (as pictured), but those are edible and you hardly notice them.

How to Pick a Ripe Watermelon

  • Pick it up. A ripe watermelon will feel heavy for its size.
  • Watermelons develop a yellow spot at the place they rested on the ground while growing. When they are ripe and ready to eat, the spot will turn a a brighter yellow. The brighter the spot, the longer the melon stayed on the vine sweetening up.

slices of fresh watermelon cut into squares on a cutting board

How to make Watermelon Caprese:

Slice your watermelon, and then cut the watermelon slices into squares. Cut those squares into 4 equal pieces. 4-inch squares are just about right. Cut up the rest of your watermelon and save for munching. You don’t want any of it to go to waste! You’ll need 6 squares of watermelon for this recipe to make 3 servings. You can double or triple the recipe to make more.

slices of fresh mozzarella on a cutting board

About Fresh Mozzarella:

Use fresh mozzarella when making Watermelon Caprese. You can find balls of fresh mozzarella to cut into slices. You may also be able to find fresh mozzarella that has already been cut into slices for you. 6 slices are needed for this recipe.

watermelon caprese salad on a white plate waiting to be topped with balsamic glaze

You’ll alternate watermelon and mozzarella in a long row on your serving platter, and then you’ll give it a good sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Take your fresh basil leaves and stack them on top of each other. Slice the fresh basil thinly. Fresh basil is sprinkled on top. And then it’s drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze.

watermelon caprese salad on a white plate being eaten with a fork

One serving is two stacks of watermelon and mozzarella. That should be plenty. Watermelon Caprese is the perfect summer salad to serve as a side-dish for dinner. Enjoy!

How to make homemade Balsamic Glaze:

You can buy balsamic glaze at your local market, but if you don’t want to buy a bottle… don’t worry because it’s super easy to make it at home!  You need only one ingredient to make balsamic glaze: balsamic vinegar. Pour about 1 cup of vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vinegar thickens, coats the back of a spoon, and is reduced to about 1/4 cup, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes — the glaze will thicken slightly as it cools. Use more vinegar if you want more glaze.

Here are a few more Caprese themed recipes you might like to try:

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Watermelon Caprese

Totally delicious caprese using watermelon in place of tomato.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 361kcal
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword caprese, salad, watermelon


  • 6 pieces watermelon, cut into 4-inch squares
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sliced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze


  • On a serving platter, line up watermelon and mozzarella, alternating, in a single row. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the watermelon and mozzarella with fresh basil, drizzle with olive oil and top with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
  • Serve two watermelon/mozzarella stacks per plate. Double the recipe for more servings!



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 2219IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • maureen wrote:

    This is a a comment on your swedish meatball recipe. I made it Sunday and it was DELICIOUS!!! Best recipe I’ve tried.