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Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers…the fun, colorful, and delicious summer appetizer that we’re all looking for right now. Sweet-juicy summer melon, garden basil, and pesto marinated balls of mozzarella cheese are all layered together to create a fresh summer appetizer that’s pretty and so delicious. Finish these quick and simple melon skewers with a drizzle of balsamic fig vinaigrette. Every bite bursts in your mouth with sweet watermelon. The cheese adds a nice creaminess. And that vinaigrette adds a sweet and tangy flavor.

Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers | halfbakedharvest.com

When my brothers and I were growing up, my mom would host a lot of family parties for holidays, birthdays, special occasions, etc. They were BIG parties, often with thirty to forty people, and guys, they were a lot of work. My mom would spend weeks preparing, depending on the size of the party, and she’d really put in the work to make everything great for everyone.

Her summer parties…mostly 4th of July and birthday parties, were always fun. My dad would usually do a bunch of food on the grill. My mom would make batch after batch of cheesy potatoes and fruit salad…and lots of special k-bars…her summertime specialty.

Everything was delicious, but at the end of the night, I’d always find myself picking through the fruit salad bowl for all the watermelon – my favorite.

Something about watermelon or melon of any kind is just so good in the summertime. As a kid I was only used to eating melon straight up, but now?

I’m loving having fun with simple summer melon recipes, which brings me to these fun skewers. They remind me a bit of my mom’s salads, but just done up in a new way! These are so fun, simple, and of course, delicious.

Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers | halfbakedharvest.com

One of my favorite summer combos is melon, basil, and mozzarella. It gives off a very “Italian Summer” type vibe, especially if you add a little prosciutto to that mix.

I’ve done melon salads before, but never melon skewers. And you know, the skewers are just better – because they are fun!

Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers | halfbakedharvest.com

Here’s the easy process

You’ll want to start with the mozzarella. I toss it with basil pesto (mine is a homemade pistachio pesto) and let the mozzarella sit for a few minutes to marinate.

While the mozzarella is marinating make all the melon balls using, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew.

Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers | halfbakedharvest.com

Now, let’s talk about the vinaigrette

It’s a mix of high-quality extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon, honey, sweet fig jam, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. It’s actually my go-to vinaigrette for weekday salads. I’ve loved balsamic and fig jam together for the longest time and have always found this vinaigrette to be delicious when paired with a fruit salad. It’s perfect with watermelon and mozzarella cheese because it balances the sweet and salty flavors.

Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers | halfbakedharvest.com

To assemble, just layer up the melon balls, mozzarella, and basil, then drizzle with the vinaigrette…and that’s it. These are great to make ahead and look so beautiful on any table.

We’re loving them over here, and my hope is that these will be a staple at your upcoming 4th of July parties and summer BBQs. They’re really simple, but look extra fancy, and taste even better…so they never disappoint!

Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other summery fruit recipes? Here are some favorites:

Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Peach Thyme Tarts

Melon Basil Burrata Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Lastly, if you make these Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 252 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup basil pesto
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella balls
  • 4 cups mixed melon balls
  • 1-2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3 ounces prosciutto (optional)

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Instructions

  • 1. In a bowl, toss together the pesto and mozzarella balls.
    2. To make the vinaigrette. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake, or whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
    3 To assemble, thread the prosciutto (if using), melon balls, cheese, and basil onto skewers. You can mix and match your skewers or make them all the same. 
    4. Arrange on a serving plate and serve drizzled with the vinaigrette.

Marinated Mozzarella Melon Skewers | halfbakedharvest.com

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  1. Love everything about this from the pesto to the dressing – my new favorite dressing now! I have yet to make anything from your recipes that I & my guests haven’t loved – I have never needed to adjust any seasonings, everything is always spot on!

    1. Hey Tracy,
      Fantastic! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Really good, really easy, and really impressive! Elevated a 4th of July potluck side and everyone complimented them!

    1. Hey Michelle,
      Happy Wednesday! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a go! xTieghan

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