celebrate in simple style with:

Brilliant Bundt Cakes

buy now!

Watermelon Burrata Salad & Yogurt Dressing + Giveaway

This cool and refreshing summer salad with a touch of creamy decadence from California Burrata cheese and sparkling yogurt dressing, is a must-have this summer.

Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

The moment the weather turns warm, I start craving salads with passionate fury.

Just to clarify, we eat salad everyday for the sake of getting our raw veggie quota, but I only crave salads in the late spring and summer.

Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

Fresh summer produce from the farmers market (or better yet, the garden) is highly prized at my house. I plant a few hearty seedlings every year, then say a prayer, cross my fingers, and hold my breath, hoping for a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes, squash, peppers, and even melons.

Last year I was out of luck with the seemingly endless rain here in western North Carolina.

But this year… I’ve got a good feeling.

Fresh Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

I’ve already started celebrating this season’s bounty by combining my two favorite summer produce treats, watermelon and heirloom tomatoes, with luxuriously creamy burrata cheese and silky yogurt dressing.

I adore pairing fresh California cheeses and dairy products with summer fruits and veggies. Because they are so thoughtfully made, California dairy products offer a clean creamy taste and texture that isn’t bogged down by unnecessary ingredients.

California Dairy Seals

California dairy products are sold all over the country. When you buy products with the Real California Milk and Cheese Seals you know that your dairy products are made from 100% California milk, from one of California’s 1,500+ family-owned dairies.

Simple Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

In this particular watermelon salad the soft decadent California Burrata Cheese brings a perfect balance to the sweet watermelon and tomatoes, that is then offset by a creamy *sparkling* yogurt dressing blended with mandarin orange and champagne vinegar.

The pepperazzi peppers provide a salty tangy pop of flavor to round out this amazing plate of summer goodness.

Easy Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

As you can see in the photos, I make this watermelon salad two different ways.

If sharing casually with friends, make one big share platter and scoop into the soft California Burrata with a serving spoon.

Or you can plate small individual servings for a dinner party, that have a modern and opulent appearance, with little dollops of California Burrata and yogurt dressing drizzled about. See?

This is a salad you will make again and again. With fresh summer produce and creamy California dairy, you cannot go wrong!

Simple and Elegant Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

June is National Dairy Month!

A time to celebrate all dairy foods and recognize the more than 1,500 California dairy families who produce California milk.

In California, June is “Real California Milk Month” as proclaimed by Governor Jerry Brown in appreciation of all the dairy families who make California the number one milk-producing state. Dairy just so happens to be California’s number one agricultural commodity!

Celebrate National Dairy Month with us by checking out more fabulous dairy-laden summer recipes on our Pinterest Board.

And don’t miss today’s giveaway generously donated by the California Milk Advisory Board!


Follow the prompts in the automated entry form below. For US residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Watermelon Salad with Burrata and Yogurt Dressing

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes


For the Yogurt Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup California plain greek yogurt
  • 1 mandarin orange, zest and juice
  • 3 Tb. olive oil
  • 3 Tb. champagne vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

For the Watermelon Salad:

  • 2 cups sliced seedless watermelon
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 oz. California Burrata cheese
  • 10 oz. pepperazzi peppers, drained
  • 2 oz. arugula
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, sliced (or whole if they are small)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place the California-made yogurt in a small jar and top with the orange zest and juice, oil, vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Screw the lid on tight and shake until smooth.
  2. If plating the watermelon salad on a platter to share, place the arugula on the bottom with the Burrata, watermelon, tomatoes and peppers over it. Then sprinkle the basil over the top and drizzle with yogurt dressing.
  3. If plating as individual servings, arrange the watermelon, tomatoes and peppers on small plates. Then use a spoon to scoop small dollops of Burrata around the plate. Sprinkle with arugula and basil leaves, and drizzle with yogurt dressing.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions are my own.

You May Also Like...

102 Responses to “Watermelon Burrata Salad & Yogurt Dressing + Giveaway”

  1. ashleyposted June 2, 2014 at 5:05 am

    homemade ice cream


  2. Tanya Baranoskiposted June 2, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Homemade ice cream!


  3. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted June 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

    I love how summery this salad is – burrata is such a treat!


  4. Barbposted June 2, 2014 at 6:11 am

    milk shakes


  5. Mason Canyonposted June 2, 2014 at 6:17 am

    When it comes to summertime and dairy, I think of homemade ice cream with fresh strawberries or peaches.

    Thoughts in Progress


  6. Tieghanposted June 2, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Such a gorgeous summer salad. Looks awesome Sommer!


  7. latanyaposted June 2, 2014 at 6:43 am

    homemade ice cream


  8. Samanthaposted June 2, 2014 at 6:45 am

    My favorite way is homemade vanilla icecream with fresh stewed berries like blackberries.


  9. Jenny Flakeposted June 2, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Perfect summer salad! Lovely!!


  10. JJ @ My Chicken Fried Lifeposted June 2, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Caprese Salad is one of my favorite summertime treats! Garden fresh tomatoes and basil with creamy mozzarella is amazing!


  11. Deirdreposted June 2, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I love to make tasty drinks with dairy, including smoothies and milkshakes. However, I do have an ice cream maker that I have yet to use *gears in brain turning*! Thanks for the chance to win.


  12. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted June 2, 2014 at 7:20 am

    What a nice summer fresh salad!


  13. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted June 2, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Anything with burrata is a winner! Love how fresh this salad looks, Sommer!


  14. Carole Resnickposted June 2, 2014 at 7:33 am

    ice cream


  15. Juli Vposted June 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

    In a smoothie or milkshake.


  16. Mariaposted June 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I can’t get enough watermelon! Love this salad!


  17. Katieposted June 2, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Oh, ice cream, for sure! Full disclosure – that’s my answer in the winter, too ;)


  18. Gina Guthrieposted June 2, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Ice cream.


  19. Becca from ItsYummi!posted June 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I love using yogurt in the summer… frozen is best! Of course, living in the DAIRYLAND state, I could eat any and all dairy every day and be happy about it :)


  20. Ginaposted June 2, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Hmmmm- well ice cream would be my top dairy choice in the summer. But there are so many other recipes I love too.


  21. Alyssaposted June 2, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I love cottage cheese mixed with honey and nuts on crostini


  22. Heather Christoposted June 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This salad is totally beautiful Sommer!


  23. talyaposted June 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

    mmm…chocolate milk shakes!


  24. Sandy Headtkeposted June 2, 2014 at 8:28 am

    An ice cold glass of milk, cheese and crackers followed with ice cream. Perfect for when it is too hot to eat much.


  25. Julie Turnerposted June 2, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I love making a cheese plate on Saturday afternoons. Great way to snack on the weekend between meals!


  26. Jessicaposted June 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

    A delicious caprese salad!!


  27. BusyWorkingMamaposted June 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I love to make key line milkshakes!


  28. Neill Hinesposted June 2, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Ice cream…homemade, of course


  29. Maria Malaveciposted June 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Greek Yogurt with honey and walnuts!


  30. shari wickposted June 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I love making new salad recipes using cheeses and homemade dressings such as this wonderful looking watermelon salad u have listed.. looks yummy!! :)


  31. naomiposted June 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Hmmm . . ice cream and panna cotta!


  32. Becki @ Bites 'n Brewsposted June 2, 2014 at 9:59 am



  33. Kimposted June 2, 2014 at 9:59 am

    caprese kabobs as an app at a BBQ


  34. Amy Tongposted June 2, 2014 at 10:07 am

    My favorite way to serve dairy in summer time is in salad. I love shaving them on salads, or cube them and make salad on skewers. YUM! Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway. I love California Cheese! :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it


  35. Anna Cposted June 2, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I love to put yogurt in my smoothies.


  36. Michele Westposted June 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Homemade Ice Cream!


  37. Kayposted June 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This looks great! I also love Burrata and Caprese salads in the summer!


  38. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted June 2, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Love how fresh this salad is, Sommer!


  39. Joannaposted June 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I have just started making a caprese quinoa salad for cookouts that’s been healthy and delicious. Love using mozzarella in it!


  40. Julie @ Table for Twoposted June 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    This really looks so refreshing!


  41. Elizabethposted June 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    In a Smoothie


  42. HSposted June 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Milkshake and ice cream.


  43. Nikkiposted June 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    ice cream!


  44. Mercedesposted June 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    My favorite way to serve dairy is homemade ice cream!


  45. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted June 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I love burrata, what a perfect summer salad!


  46. Sents Saverposted June 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I love to make homemade icecream!


  47. Clareposted June 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Homemade ice cream for sure!


  48. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted June 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    What a refreshing salad. I like the arrangement on the plate. Very attractive.


  49. Krisposted June 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Salads like this with mozzarella or feta!


  50. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted June 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    That salad is art. Beautiful!


  51. Bonnie K.posted June 2, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I’m happy with a nice tall glass of cold milk. Also, during the summer, I don’t like to cook too much; so, it’s nice having a cheese and ham sandwich or crackers with cheese and olives along with a bowl of salad. I love having yogurt for breakfast with fruit.


  52. Kaitlin Sickleposted June 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I know it’s really cliche.. But it doesn’t get better than homemade ice cream!


  53. LauriMposted June 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Homemade ice cream of course!


  54. Lisaposted June 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I love to make homemade pudding in the summer!


  55. Sarahposted June 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I love homemade ice cream or custard!


  56. Michele Behlenposted June 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    My favorite way is ice cream.


  57. Jenposted June 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I love grilled cheesy pizza!


  58. Shawnaposted June 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!


  59. Stephanie Kposted June 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Homemade ice cream!


  60. karenposted June 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Topping pizza made on the grill.


  61. Lorettaposted June 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    In a cone, of course!


  62. Gabyposted June 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    What a fun summer salad!


  63. Karen Lynchposted June 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Yogurt parfaits and Ice cream.


  64. Pam Gurganusposted June 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    My favorite way to serve dairy in the summertime is by making homemade ice cream!


  65. Amy Sposted June 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I love cheese and crackers


  66. Merylposted June 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    My favorite is homemade ice cream, especially my bittersweet chocolate ice cream.


  67. coriposted June 3, 2014 at 4:23 am

    cheesy burgers!


  68. Linda K.posted June 3, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Ice cream HAS to be the winner here! Homemade ice cream is the best!


  69. Ericaposted June 3, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Nothing better than homemade ice cream!


  70. Danaposted June 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Fresh mozzarella in a Caprese salad, and Ice Cream


  71. Jeffreyposted June 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    In the winter its definitely milk and cookies, in the summer it’s homemade ice cream and fruit from my garden.


  72. Taylor Closetposted June 3, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    On a toothpick as finger food. CHEESE


  73. Leann Lindemanposted June 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I want to say ice cream.. I love it but cant eat a lot of it… makes my tummy hurt. So I will say I use I use dairy in the summer in the way i always use it.. cheese! In salads or on a sandwich or whatever.


  74. marinaposted June 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    yogurt & fruit for breakfast
    frozen yogurt (tart topped with blackberries) for lunch
    sharp cheddar, fresh fruit plate, hunks of sourdough with butter for dinner


  75. mysweetiepiepieposted June 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Pizza & Ice Cream, why not?


  76. sllismeposted June 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Homemade ice cream!


  77. Elleposted June 4, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Ice cream or frozen yogurt pops w/ cut up fruit in them are my favorite.


  78. Pingback: California Celebrates June Dairy Month In A Dairy Big Way - Daily Ovation | Daily Ovation

  79. Deb Christieposted June 5, 2014 at 7:10 am

    My favorite way is in homemade ice cream. I usually serve it with fresh berries. I also like to make homemade Ranch dressing.


  80. Alinaposted June 5, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Making homemade ice cream treats with the children.


  81. Sean Cposted June 5, 2014 at 7:31 am

    EXTRA CHEESE on everything we grill!


  82. GBposted June 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Fresh yogurt with fresh fruit cut up into it is my favorite.


  83. Mary Elposted June 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Yummm! I just started eating watermelon with mint and it’s my new favorite summer snack. Looking forward to trying out this recipe next!


  84. Danielleposted June 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I love to serve homemade ice cream in the summer the most.


  85. Dandi Dposted June 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I love to put yogurt in smoothies during the summer months.


  86. David Burrutoposted June 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Cheese Plate!


  87. Jennifer Essadposted June 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I enjoy simple-this recipe is an amazing salad that would please my family and friends especially during the summer months -thanks for sharing


  88. Susanposted June 6, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Dairy in the summertime sounds like the perfect excuse for ice cream to me.


  89. Pingback: » Giveaways – June 6, 2014

  90. christine jessamineposted June 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I love to make cheese apetizer trays


  91. Pam Sposted June 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    fruit and cheese trays are my favorite! Thanks for the awesome recipe!


  92. beth jposted June 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Frozen Greek yogurt popsicles! Yum


  93. Kate Sparksposted June 7, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Cheese plates for outside dining..


  94. Susan Campbellposted June 7, 2014 at 6:41 am

    It’s summer, I live in Florida, and I’m hot flashing….ICE CREAM!!!


  95. BillieOposted June 7, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I love cheese! Cheese with watermelon in the summer is great!

    The Dairy Association should start a ‘Got Cheese?’ Campaign.


  96. Maggie Wallaceposted June 7, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I love making ice cream in the summertime!


  97. Kristen D.posted June 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I love having burrata, ricotta, or some other creamy and flavorful cheese on top of salads- especially roasted stone fruit and arugula. Add in some marcona almonds and rosemary and it’s soooo good! Could eat it all summer long!


  98. Cathy Reppertposted June 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Making home made ice cream in the summer is always a fun thing to do.


  99. John Hutchensposted June 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    homemade ice cream


  100. Annetteposted June 8, 2014 at 10:15 am

    My favorite way to serve dairy in the summer is in homemade ice cream.


  101. Mary Wposted June 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Creamy popsicles made with dairy products. Orangesicle is our favorite.


  102. Carmen Nposted June 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    My favorite way is to freeze it – into ice cream!


Leave a Comment