Watermelon, Gorgonzola and Basil Salad
The scorching hot days of August just scream, “Time for ice-cold watermelon!”
Growing up, we loved biting into thick slices of watermelon. Sweet juices dripped down our faces as the mercury rose. The watermelon was SO COLD because my dad kept it covered in a huge tub of ice water.
Summer just isn’t summer without devouring watermelon in reckless abandon in my humble opinion.
As kids, we used to have seed spitting contests to see who could spit a seed the furthest. And now, we enjoy ‘seedless’ varieties that are so much easier to use in the kitchen . . . with fond memories of spitting seeds!
Now watermelon salads are nothing new in the world of foodies, but my version declares: “MOVE OVER FETA CHEESE”! There’s a better creamy cheese that takes this salad miles-high over the top!
Italian Gorgonzola! Sweet and juicy meets savory and creamy!
Feta just pales in comparison to the tang of Gorgonzola.
Add some fresh, crisp slices of red onion to get some added crunch and you’ll hear some taste buds singing!
Perfectly simple . . . and perfectly refreshing!
Watermelon, Gorgonzola and Basil Salad
- 8 cups of fresh watermelon, cut into cubes
- 1 small red onion, sliced ¼" thick
- 1 cup crumbled Italian Gorgonzola cheese
- 10 - 15 leaves of fresh basil, cut into small pieces
- Balsamic vinaigrette (homemade or store-bought brand of choice)
- Place all ingredients on individual salad plates.
- Either drizzle the vinaigrette sparingly all over the individual salads, or pass around for guests to serve themselves.
Something is really wrong with our weather…it felt like AUTUMN last days…arrrg..now it’s raining again.
This salad looks really beautiful and summery, Roz.
It’s certainly autumn here, but there’s still watermelon in the markets (although not locally-grown). I could eat watermelon all year long! It’s just so refreshing!
I love watermelon salads in the summer! Ours has been a coolish one also this year but hot air is headed our way. This is a beautiful rendition with the Gorgonzola, which I love!
Thanks Susan! Even though summer has come and gone, I can still eat watermelon salads!
anguria (watermelon) is perfect for summer dinners on the terrace,thanks for sharing Roz, a hug from Trieste !
Grazie mille, bella Chiara!
YAY! It’s watermelon season! You’ve started the season off with a bang. Love, love, love this salad!
I could eat watermelon and this salad all year round MJ!
Thanks for stopping by,
What a beautiful salad, Roz! I love the colors and the variety of flavors. I have been eyeing these watermelon salads on Pinterest and have been wanting to make one. I have not done it because I know my husband and daughter wouldn’t eat it (what’s wrong with them?), so I would be the only one. Actually maybe that’s a good reason to make a watermelon salad. More for me! 🙂 I haven’t seen one with gorgonzola, but I know I would love it. I haven’t bought a watermelon yet this summer, but I think it is time!
Although I’m writing this reply to you after summer has ended, I think it’s safe to say (especially for Arizona) that watermelon is still available in the markets! I could eat it year-round in fact. I’m hooked on these sweet and savory salads!
The salad looks so delish and healthy! Yummmm!
Thanks Veronica. It’s really refreshing with this summer heat that so many of us are having!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
I’m always a bit shocked when I think that Bill actually likes blue cheese! So this would be a fun and delicious summer salad to add to our menu!!! You never fail to impress, Roz!!!
Long time for my reply, but I’m playing catchup here on the blog. You’re lucky that your Bill likes Blue cheese! Makes things so much easier in the kitchen and dining out!
I’ve seen similar salads prepared lately on the cooking shows but none can compare with how appetizing your salad is, Roz. I’ve gone from thinking about making one to adding watermelon to my weekend farmers market shopping list. Thanks! 🙂