This watermelon salad recipe is perfect for summer! Try our unique and fresh Watermelon Burrata Salad with kalamata olives, almonds, cucumber, and fresh basil. It’s refreshing and light and delicious with a drizzle of honey.

Watermelon Kalamata Burrata Salad with almonds

Summer salads are my favorite! And with watermelon season, there are so many recipes to try. Whether you’re adding strawberries, blueberries, or tomatoes–this time we are adding kalamata olives and cucumbers for a more “sweet and savory” dish.

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Watermelon Burrata Salad

If you’ve ever been to my house for a summer dinner party, it’s very likely you’ve eaten salted watermelon. :) So to this salted watermelon chunks on a platter, we added creamy burrata cheese, kalamata olives, and olive oil. Next, we added floral basil leaves, cucumber, toasted almonds, and a syrupy-sweet honey to make this rich, fresh salad.

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Watermelon Kalamata Burrata Salad with fresh basil

Why I love this recipe

  • It’s light and fresh, sweet and savory, with simple ingredients.
  • Makes a great salad or a side dish.
  • Fresh and beautiful presentation for summer entertaining
  • Super easy to  make!
  • Fun for the 4th of July (you can even add blueberries).
Watermelon Kalamata Burrata with honey

Gather these ingredients

  • Watermelon
  • Fresh burrata
  • Persian cucumber
  • Kalamata olives
  • Toasted slivered almonds
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Basil leaves
round plate of Watermelon Kalamata Burrata Salad

How do you make burrata salad with watermelon?

  1. Arrange the watermelon, and burrata first, followed by the cucumber, kalamata olives, almonds, honey, olive oil, salt and finish with basil leaves.
  2. To serve, cut each burrata open and season well with salt and olive oil to heighten its flavor.
  3. Serve chilled alongside grilled meats and fresh bread.

How to serve a watermelon salad

  1. Serve this salad well-chilled because it keeps the melon and cucumber cold and crisp. For instance, it’s never good to eat a warm watermelon salad :)
  2. Cut (spoon) each burrata open and season well with salt and olive oil to heighten the flavor.
  3. Each bite of salad is a perfect balance of sweet, acidic and cooling flavors. I think this is the perfect summer salad.
  4. Serve chilled alongside grilled meats and fresh bread, for the best summertime dinner. YUM.

We’ve served quite a few watermelon salads over the years, like our tomato nectarine burrata salad, so you can grab the links at the bottom of this post.

fresh watermelon salad

Tips & Substitutions:

  • Substitutions for ingredients include fresh mint leaves or Thai basil in place of regular basil.
  • Use an English cucumber or thinly sliced zucchini for a nice crunch in place of the Persian cucumber.
  • For a zingy flavor and crunch, add pickled red onion. Here’s my Pickled Red Onions Recipe.
  • In place of the almonds, use toasted walnuts or even pecans.
  • You can use fresh mozzarella slices if you don’t have burrata balls. Or, use feta cheese crumbles if you don’t like mozzarella cheese.
  • Replace the watermelon with cantaloupe or honeydew melon, if you’re not a watermelon fan.
fresh basil and watermelon salad

We love summer traveling, get-togethers, dinner parties, and catching up with family & friends.

I also think that summer menus are the easiest for entertaining. Throw meat on the grill and serve a fresh salad! That’s exactly what we had for dinner! ENJOY!

Watermelon Kalamata Burrata Salad with honey

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Watermelon Kalamata Burrata Salad with almonds
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Watermelon Burrata Salad

This watermelon salad recipe is perfect for summer! Try our fresh Watermelon Burrata Salad with kalamata olives, almonds, cucumber, and basil.
Substitutions for ingredients include fresh mint leaves, Thai basil, English cucumber, thinly sliced zucchini, pickled red onion, toasted walnuts, fresh mozzarella slices, and cantaloupe or honeydew melon.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4
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Ingredients
 

  • ½ small watermelon, cut into 1” thick triangles
  • 2 burrata cheese balls
  • 1 Persian cucumber, cut into bite-size pieces
  • c kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • c toasted slivered almonds
  • Honey to drizzle
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • Salt to season
  • 16 basil leaves

Instructions
 

  • Arrange the watermelon, and burrata first, followed by the cucumber, kalamata olives, almonds, honey, olive oil, salt and finish with basil leaves.
  • To serve, cut each burrata open and season well with salt and olive oil to heighten its flavor.
  • Serve chilled alongside grilled meats and fresh bread.

Notes

Reposted from June 2022.
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad
Calories: 241kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 0.4mg, Sodium: 182mg, Potassium: 726mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 36g, Vitamin A: 3348IU, Vitamin C: 46mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 2mg
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Watermelon  Burrata Salad