Watermelon With Herbed Goat Cheese Whip on a table in a Studio
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Watermelon With Herbed Goat Cheese Whip

These refreshing bites, drizzled with a lemon-honey dressing, are easy to assemble and can surely be counted as one of summer's simple pleasures.

The cheese mixture, dressing and watermelon squares may be refrigerated in separate containers a day in advance.

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.


measuring cup
Servings: 4-6 (makes 24 pieces)
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese (chevre)
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated zest and 1 1/2 teaspoons juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, or more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Half a mini/personal-size seedless watermelon


  1. Step 1

    Whisk or whip together the goat cheese and milk in a medium bowl until the mixture is creamy. Stir in the basil, mint, lemon zest and black pepper; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  2. Step 2

    Use a fork to whisk the oil, lemon juice, honey and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt in a liquid measuring cup. Taste, and add more honey, as needed.

  3. Step 3

    Cut away the rind from the watermelon, then cut the melon into 1-inch squares about 1/2 inch thick, until you have 24 squares of melon. (Reserve the rind and any leftover melon for another use.)

  4. Step 4

    Arrange the melon squares on a platter. Dollop about 1 teaspoon of the whipped cheese on top of each piece of melon. Drizzle the dressing on top, and around the platter, then sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon of salt, garnish with additional chopped basil and serve right away.

  5. Step 5

Nutritional Facts

Per serving (based on 6)

  • Calories


  • Carbohydrates

    4 g

  • Cholesterol

    10 mg

  • Fat

    6 g

  • Protein

    4 g

  • Saturated Fat

    3 g

  • Sodium

    135 mg

  • Sugar

    3 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Jessica Weissman