Watermelon and Arugula Salad

May 19, 2015

Author Notes: Did you know that watermelon isn't just for dessert? The sweet and juicy fruit is also perfect in salads, especially in this fresh and fantastic Watermelon and Arugula Salad, a tasty combination of watermelon chunks, creamy goat cheese, peppery arugula and honey-roasted walnuts, all tossed in a zingy citrus dressing.bitememore

Serves: 4


Honey Roasted Walnuts

  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Citrus Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly group black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Watermelon Salad:
  • 3 cups watermelon, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 5 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
In This Recipe


  1. 1) For the walnuts, preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. 2) In a medium bowl, combine walnuts and honey, tossing well to coat. In a small bowl, combine sugar, salt and chili powder. Pour over walnuts and mix well. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake 8 minutes. Stir nuts and continue baking 6-8 minutes more until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and let cool before adding to salad.
  3. 3) For the dressing, in a blender, combine olive oil, mint, lemon juice, lime juice, honey, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.
  4. 4) To serve, place watermelon cubes, mint, arugula and honey-roasted walnuts in a large serving bowl. Toss with dressing and gently toss in crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately.

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