I call this the Blair Waldorf Salad, after Leighton Meester’s Gossip Girl character.
I started making it after I had something similar at Cafe Select
in New York City, and it was the first time I remember enjoying watermelon. The balsamic gave it the right amount of tartness, and the basil gave it a good savory edge.
The Cafe Select version was an appetizer, and it was a little tower – a circle of watermelon, a circle of mozzarella, a circle of basil leaves, and balsamic drizzled over the whole thing.
I broke it down and made it a more casual salad that you can share with friends.
Watermelon Mozzarella Balsamic Salad
Time: 10 minutes
- 2 cups watermelon
- 1/2 cup buffalo mozzarella
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 handful basil, chopped
Take 2 cups of diced watermelon. Place in container with lid. (And old takeout container is fine.)
Soak in lemon juice, and olive oil for a little bit while you chop the mozzarella.
Then add the cheese, balsamic vinegar and shake. Place the salad on a plate and top it with shredded basil.
Faran Krentcil is a writer and creative consultant in New York City. You can visit her at farankrentcil.tumblr.com, or in Equestria with her friends, the My Little Ponies.