This watermelon burrata chaat elevates the typical watermelon salad by adding an Indian flare. It uses sweet and spicy tamarind-date chutney, fresh mint leaves, and tangy chaat masala, and creamy burrata cheese for a refreshing summer appetizer.
This watermelon burrata chaat is the perfect dish for the summer. It is great to bring to your next family potluck, a picnic, or BBQ.
Here are the ingredients for this recipe, where you can get them, and what you can substitute.
- Watermelon - You can buy a whole watermelon at the store and cut it yourself or buy the pre-cut cubes. Strawberries are also great substitutes for this recipe!
- Burrata: Creamy cheese similar to mozzarella. Substitutes: Mozzarella, Whole-Milk Ricotta, Feta
- Red Onion
- Chaat Masala: This is an Indian spice blend that is sweet, salty, spicy, and tangy! You can buy it online or at your local Indian store.
- Tamarind-Date Chutney: This is a sweet and sour chutney that is iconic in chaats. You can make this at home using my recipe or buy store-bought chutney
- (Optional) Toasted Pistachios
Tips for making ahead and serving
- Cut watermelon 1-2 days before your event or buy it pre-cut in cubes.
- Make tamarind-date chutney weeks in advance. A good homemade tamarind-date chutney is like a fine balsamic vinegar when it comes to this salad. You can make it in advance or buy a store-bought version.
- Garnish with mint, cheese, and pistachios before serving. Mint wilts once it sits in the watermelon for long periods of time and cheese and pistachios can change in texture if it sits in the salad for many days. It's best to add these two ingredients right before serving
- Use a deep and wide serving platter. Make sure to use a bowl that can liquid because once the chaat masala is added to the watermelon, it will release some of its juices.
How to cut a watermelon
Here is a step by step guide to cutting a watermelon into cubes if you decide to do it yourself.
- Cut the circular ends off the watermelon
2. Cut watermelon into half
3. Cut each half into half
4. Remove rind of watermelon
5. Cut each quarter into 1 inch slabs
6. Cut each slab into planks
7. Cut each plank into 1 inch cubes!
Other fruits for this chaat
If you haven't been sprinkling chaat masala on your fruits, you are missing out! Chaat masala adds a spicy and tangy kick to fruits in a similar way to the Mexican spice blend Tajin. You can learn more about chaat masala in this deep dive blog post. If you are looking to substitute watermelon in this recipe, here are some great fruits that pair well with chaat masala.
Recipes that pair well
Here are some recipes that pair well with this watermelon burrata chaat!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! You can prep most of the salad ahead of time. For the freshest experience, add the cheese, fresh herbs, and nuts before serving.
You can buy chaat masala at your local Indian store or online.
Mozzarella, ricotta, and feta are all good substitutes for this watermelon chaat recipe. The closest substitute for burrata is mozzarella albeit slightly less creamy than burrata. Ricotta is a creamier product that also works well. Last but not least, feta also pairs great with watermelon. It is a hard textured cheese that has a tangy and stronger taste than burrata.