This Watermelon Avocado Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese combines juicy watermelon, creamy avocado and whipped goat cheese into an elegant side salad or appetizer that's impressive, yet simple to make!JUMP TO RECIPE
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Summertime on a plate
This super refreshing Watermelon Avocado Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese is a cool, refreshing and flavorful side or appetizer to serve all summer long.
The juicy watermelon pairs perfectly with the cool, crispy cucumber slices and tangy shallots- all of which are complimented perfectly by the creamy avocados, simple tangy honey lime vinaigrette, and creamy whipped honey goat cheese. It's an impressive platter to share with guests and loved ones, that could not be easier to assemble!
Assembling the salad
To make the Watermelon Avocado Salad, you will need:
- 4 cups watermelon balls, cut from a seeded or seedless watermelon (hint, seedless is easier).
- A melon baller. I like this one from Oxo.
- Some thinly sliced cucumber. I prefer the seedless variety for these too, but any cucumber will work.
- 1 medium ripe avocado, cut into cubes.
- 1 small shallot, thinly sliced.
- 4 oz honey flavored goat cheese, or plain goat cheese.
- Some good olive oil
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- A juicy lime.
- A bit of honey.
I like to use a melon baller to make little rounds of watermelon for this salad, but if you don't have a melon baller, you could just cut the watermelon into uniform cubes. Once you have all your veggies and watermelon prepped and ready to go, it's time to make the whipped goat cheese and dressing. Both are super simple!
To make the whipped goat cheese, you will simply add the goat cheese, a bit of olive oil, and a bit of salt and pepper to your food processor and blend until smooth and light. If you don't have a food processor, you could also whip the cheese up with an immersion blender, or whip it well with a wire whisk.
Once the goat cheese is whipped, make the dressing by shaking or whisking together the lime juice, honey and olive oil. Once all the components are ready, it's time to build the salad!
Making it pretty- building the salad
To build the Watermelon Avocado Salad, I start by spreading a bit (about half) of the whipped goat cheese onto a large platter or lipped plate, concentrating at the edges of the plate. Next, I'll layer the watermelon, cucumber slices and shallots in the center, then top with the cubed avocado and some dollops of whipped goat cheese . Lastly, it's time to drizzle the top with the dressing, and season with salt and pepper. Once the salad is assembled- serve it immediately!
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Watermelon Avocado Salad with Whipped Goat Cheese
- Food Processor
- melon baller
- 4 cups watermelon balls, cut with melon baller*
- 1 cup thinly sliced seedless cucumber*
- 1 medium ripe avocado, cubed
- 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
- optional: fresh basil or mint, for garnish
Whipped Goat Cheese
- 4 oz honey flavored goat cheese*
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Honey Lime Vinaigrette
- the juice of 1 lime
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon honey
- Make the whipped goat cheese. Add goat cheese, olive oil and salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor with the blade in place. Process until smooth and well combined. 2. To make the dressing, whisk vinaigrette ingredients thoroughly, or add to a mason jar and seal and shake well. 3. Assembling the salad. Spread half of the goat cheese on a large platter or plate, in the corners. Layer the watermelon, cucumber and shallots in the center, top with avocado cubes and small spoonfuls of whipped goat cheese, and drizzle with lime vinaigrette. Sprinkle salt and pepper lightly over top. 4. Garnish salad with fresh basil or mint, if desired. Serve immediately.
Alternatively, if you do not have a food processor, you could whisk the goat cheese and olive oil vigorously until well combined. You could also use an immersion blender to whip them together.
If you do not have a melon baller, you could also cut the watermelon into small cubes for this salad.
I like to use seedless cucumber for this, but use whatever you like.
Plain goat cheese would also work.
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