Summertime Watermelon Goat Cheese & Basil Salad

This Summertime Watermelon Goat Cheese & Basil Salad is a great, refreshing summer salad perfect for those warmer months.

Summertime Watermelon Goat Cheese & Basil Salad

How to Tell When a Watermelon is Ripe

Having a perfectly ripe watermelon is key for this recipe! There are several methods I use to determine if a watermelon is ripe and ready to be consumed. Review them below.

Method #1: Knock on the watermelon as if you’re about to knock on a door. There should be a deep hollow sound if it’s ready to be consumed. If the watermelon is unripe, it will have a high pitched sound. If you knock on the watermelon and it sounds of a deep thud, the watermelon is likely overripe.

Method #2: Check the field spot, AKA the area on the watermelon that touches the ground as it grows. A yellow field spot indicates a ripe watermelon, while a white field spot indicates a less ripe watermelon.

Method #3: Squeeze the flesh on the blossom end. A ripe watermelon will have a mushy feel, while an unripe watermelon will be solid.

Preparing the Watermelon for the Summertime Watermelon Goat Cheese & Basil Salad

This recipe is quick and easy to prepare – cutting the watermelon is the most difficult part! If you’re curious as to how to correctly cut a watermelon, watch this video.

Looking for another fruit salad? The Tropical Fruit Salad is another refreshing summertime salad to enjoy!

Summertime Watermelon Goat Cheese & Basil Salad
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5 from 3 votes

Summertime Watermelon Goat Cheese & Basil Salad

The Summertime Watermelon Goat Cheese & Basil Salad is a great, refreshing summer salad perfect for the warmer months.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Brunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings


  • ½ watermelon
  • ½ cup honey goat cheese
  • 5-8 basil leaves
  • balsamic vinegar glaze per preference


  • Remove the rind of the watermelon and cut into one-inch pieces. Place the watermelon onto your serving plate.
  • Crumble the honey goat cheese over the watermelon. Add more or less depending on your preference.
  • Chop the basil into bite-sized pieces, evenly sprinkle over the watermelon.
  • Drizzle over the balsamic vinegar glaze. Enjoy!

Did you try out this recipe? If so, comment below what you paired this dish with!

3 responses to “Summertime Watermelon Goat Cheese & Basil Salad”

  1. Sandy says:

    5 stars
    If you want a refreshing treat absolutely have this! This is a delicious way to eat watermelon. I really like the added tips on choosing the best watermelon! A must try!

  2. Al says:

    5 stars
    Simply Love It.
    A watermelon desert.
    Yum great recipe. A favorite for me.

  3. Karen says:

    5 stars
    The most delicious way to eat watermelon – obsessed with this recipe. Thank you! ~ Karen

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