Mozzarella & Melon Fruit Salad Recipe

Summer isn’t over yet!  This was another potluck summer find recipe for us (thanks Bennys for another good one, that was delightfully surprising).  You know, the surprise with this dish was a treat because it was a new take on an old classic (or maybe the other way around and I’m not aware).  We loved the hint of basil against the sweetness of this unique fruit salad. The mozzarella balls add an interesting texture to the fruit salad because the taste is definitely a subtle taste that mixes well with the fruit and basil.

Fruit Salad with Mozzarella Recipe

from Southern Living


  • 3 cups peeled, coarsely chopped fresh peaches (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 1 (8-oz.) tub fresh small mozzarella cheese balls, cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup Lemon Poppy Seed Salad Dressing (see dressing recipe below)
  • 4 cups seeded and cubed watermelon
  • 4 cups cubed honeydew melon
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes, cut in half

You can toss the peaches, mozzarella, and basil together with the dressing and then serve this fruit salad. Then arrange the fruit in layers in a Trifle dish.  OR you can mix everything together with the dressing and serve.

Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
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