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Is there anything worse than being hot in the summer? I am instantly in a bad mood when I’m stuck outside in 95 degree heat with no way of cooling down. The temperature in Charlotte is supposed to be upwards of 90 degrees for the next few weeks, so if you’re entertaining, you’ll want to avoid turning on the oven as much as possible. Our saving grace this summer is watermelon. It lends itself to both sweet and savory dishes, but most importantly, it can help combat the heat. For my next dinner party, I’m making this refreshing Watermelon Burrata Salad. It requires little prep and acts as the perfect side dish for those hot summer evenings on the patio. Here’s how you do it:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 watermelon, cubed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. flaky sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 lb. burrata (or fresh mozzarella of your choice), torn into large chunks
  • 8 very thin slices of prosciutto
  • 5-10 fresh basil leaves, julienned
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place cubed watermelon, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss to coat.
  2. Top with burrata and prosciutto slices. Sprinkle with basil and red pepper flakes, if using.
  3. Adjust you seasonings to your taste before serving. You may find you want a bit more salt or red pepper flakes, depending on your preference.

 

Looking for other ways to cool down with watermelon this summer? We’ve got you covered:

  1. Watermelon Salsa by The Gunny Snack
  2. 3 Ingredient Watermelon Margaritas by The Minimalist Baker
  3. Watermelon “Pizza” by Bakers Royal 
  4. Shrimp, Watermelon and Halloumi Kabobs by Southern Living 
  5. Watermelon & Kiwi Popsicles by Cooking Classy 
  6. Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad by Lively Table 
  7. Watermelon Cake by Wife Mama Foodie 
  8. Grilled Watermelon + Pineapple Kabobs by A Night Owl 
  9. Watermelon Ice by Domestically Blissful
  10. Salted Dark Chocolate Watermelon Slices by Glitter Inc. 

And for those times you just too hot to cook anything, cool down with a Hell or High Watermelon!

 

 

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Kate Day of Puppiesandbrunch.com

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Kate was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and is a recent addition to the Queen City. When she’s not in the kitchen experimenting, you can find her cuddled up with a cookbook and her loyal pup, Tuck. To see more of what she’s cooking up- check out her Instagram or visit puppiesandbrunch.com