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salted watermelon with mint syrup and basil chive cheese

Watermelon Board Appetizer

Juicy salted watermelon drizzled in mint infused simple syrup, served with basil chive cheese and overnight pickles. If you like watermelon appetizers, this one will knock your socks off! 
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 218kcal


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4-5 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 medium ripe watermelon
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 pkg basil chive Boursin cheese
  • pickle slices


  • Make the simple syrup by combining sugar and ½ cup water to a small sauce pan over medium low heat. Stir occasionally until sugar is melted.
  • Remove from heat and add 3 fresh mint sprigs, allow to cool, remove mint and chill.
  • Slice watermelon into wedges and place on a large cutting board or serving platter. 
  • Salt the watermelon and drizzle with mint infused syrup. Serve alongside Boursin cheese and milk pickle slices. Garnish watermelon with fresh mint leaves.


You will have left over mint infused simple syrup.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.  Use it in your lemonade, Iced tea, or Mojitos.
You can also use the homemade Boursin cheese in this post. Just don't thin it out to sauce.
I like to use homemade overnight pickles.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 630mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 3222IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg