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Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction

A refreshing mix of watermelon wedges with fresh mint and goat cheese – the perfect way to cool down this summer!

Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction - A refreshing mix of watermelon wedges with fresh mint and goat cheese - the perfect way to cool down this summer!

I’m a bit of a plain Jane.

I prefer my fruit to be completely naked to say the least. No seasonings. No honey. No nothing.

My friends, on the other hand, love eating their fruit with a sprinkle of Mexican chili powder, like the ones from the street stands.

Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction - A refreshing mix of watermelon wedges with fresh mint and goat cheese - the perfect way to cool down this summer!

But for me, I need my fruit to be left alone.

Except, a couple weeks back, I decided to go outside my comfort zone to make a savory fruit dish with what I had on hand.

I had a half of a huge watermelon left in the fridge, some goat cheese, fresh mint and balsamic vinegar. And boy, was I in for a treat.

Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction - A refreshing mix of watermelon wedges with fresh mint and goat cheese - the perfect way to cool down this summer!

The thickened balsamic reduction melded so well with the refreshing, cold watermelon wedges, blending in with the creamy goat cheese crumbles and vibrant mint leaves.

It’s an incredibly simple “salad” yet such a refresher on a hot summer day.

You can also substitute feta cheese and use watermelon cubes if wedges aren’t your jam. It’s up to you!

Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Reduction

A refreshing mix of watermelon wedges with fresh mint and goat cheese – the perfect way to cool down this summer!

15 minutes5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 small seedless watermelon, cut into wedges
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves

Directions:

  1. To make the balsamic reduction, add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slight boil and reduce by half, about 6-8 minutes; set aside and let cool.
  2. Serve watermelon wedges with goat cheese and mint, drizzled with balsamic reduction.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 470.4 Calories from Fat 91.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.2g 16%
Saturated Fat 6.0g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 22.4mg 7%
Sodium 162.4mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 92.4g 31%
Dietary Fiber 4.6g 18%
Sugars 76.5g
Protein 13.2g 26%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

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17 comments

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  3. I’m collecting recipes for a local farm’s newsletter and I’m going to feature a link to your recipe — I love watermelon and balsamic! Yummy!!

  4. Are you using feta or goat cheese or both? Can’t decipher recipe and am excited to try it for BBQ tomorrow!

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  8. This looks really good! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. Just made your salad! So Delicious!!! Served it on bed of arugula- thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

  10. This is a very good combination! One word of caution: do not stand over the balsamic vinegar on the stove top and inhale! 🙂

  11. Just wanted to let you know I shared this delicious recipe on our quarterly newsletter for Simply Organized Chaos Find us on the web, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter (@chaosnomore).  We help people get their lives organized which includes sharing delicious and easy recipes that the whole family  will love.  Thank you for sharing. 

  12. What is the best way to prepare if I am taking it to a BBQ? Should I only partially prepare or can it all be mixed and add the reduction when serving? Z

  13. Looks so go but way to many carbs 🙁 but I will make it for my hubby 

  14. The goat cheese ingredient in this recipe is optional, isn’t? Can i use another substitute of goat cheese apart form feta like halloumi cheese for this recipe? I don’t have goat cheese and feta’s flavor is too strong for me.