It’s going to be a sweltering week. If slaving over a hot stove doesn’t appeal to you, then whip up this cool and delicious Watermelon Caprese Salad.
Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad made of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, and it represents the colors of the Italian flag. I decided to replace the tomato with watermelon and I actually prefer it over the traditional version.
Caprese is often drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar but I had pesto so I scraped the oil off the top of the pesto and dressed the salad with that and it was spectacular. The salty pesto was a great balance to the sweetness of the fruit.
It’s a gorgeous, delicious, healthy, refreshing salad that takes 5 minutes to assemble.
Watermelon Caprese Salad
3 (2 1/2-inch) slices of watermelon
2 (2-inch) slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
3 large basil leaves
1 teaspoon pesto (or to taste)
Slice watermelon and mozzarella. Drizzle half of the pesto on the mozzarella. Place one slice of melon on a plate, top with cheese, a basil leaf and repeat. Drizzle the remaining ½ teaspoon of pesto (using mostly the oil on top) around the plate. Serve.
Optional: you can also drizzle this with good quality balsamic vinegar.