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Watermelon peach salad topped with basil and cucumber.
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5 from 4 votes

Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad

This recipe was adapted from The Cook's Atelier Cookbook by Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini. If you can find really fresh local peaches, herbs, and watermelon, this salad will really shine. This salad serves 4 as an elegant, deconstructed dish like shown in the pictures, or 2-3 as a mixed salad.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, French
Diet: Diabetic, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Low Salt, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Alicia


  • 2 fresh peaches, local is best if you can find
  • 1 personal/small watermelon, seeded and chopped
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 small English cucumber, sliced
  • cup plain goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup small handful of fresh sweet basil leaves
  • ¼ cup small handful of flat Italian parsley leaves
  • Optional: cherry tomatoes


  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, dijon, olive oil and whisk till fully combined. Season with kosher salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Wash peaches and remove the pits. Cut the peach into thin slices, about ½ inch. Wash cucumber and herbs, then take about ¼ to ½ of the cucumber (depending how large it is) and slice it thin. Save the other half for future recipes. If using yellow tomatoes, slice them into bite sized pieces as well. Peel your shallot and slice thin. 
  • Arrange all the fruit, shallots, and cucumbers on a plate, then add leaves from the parsley and basil throughout. Top with fresh goat cheese. Then lightly drizzle a spoonful of the dressing on top. You will probably have some leftover. I usually like to top mine with a little more fresh cracked pepper.


  • This salad works well deconstructed or mixed together. I recommend deconstructed for a dinner party or date night, and mixed for a BBQ. 
  • If combining everything, wait to add the goat cheese and dressing until ready to serve. 
  • Goat cheese can be left out for dairy free (or if you don't like goat cheese). 
  • Use the tips in the post for picking out the perfect watermelon!


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 711IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg