Pickle & Preserve

Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad

July  8, 2015
1 Rating
Photo by Bobbi Lin
Author Notes

This is a light and refreshing salad that pairs well with barbecued meats on a hot summer day. The sweetness of the watermelon and the bitterness of the arugula is highlighted by the tartness of the pickled onions. All is tossed with a light, crowd-pleasing vinaigrette. —Dee

Test Kitchen Notes

This salad is addictive! Each bite has the sweetness from the watermelon, a briny pop from the pickled onions and feta, and a peppery boost from the lightly dressed arugula. The vinaigrette is just right for this salad and pulls all of the flavors together. The recipe claims to serve 8, but I ate two servings while testing the recipe, so consider that fair warning. You’re going to want seconds. —Marti Kennedy

  • Serves 8
  • For the salad and vinaigrette:
  • 1 small to medium seedless watermelon
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat or feta cheese
  • For the pickled onions:
  • 1/2 cup thinly-sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
In This Recipe
  1. Cube the watermelon into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. To prepare pickled onions, thinly slice the onion, using mandoline for even cuts if you have one available.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining pickling ingredients and bring to rapid boil, then remove from the heat. Place the sliced onions in heat-proof jar and pour the liquid over to evenly coat. The onions should soften within 15 minutes, depending on thickness.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until incorporated.
  5. In a mixing bowl, lightly dress and the arugula to taste and toss, then place it in a serving dish. Top it with the cubed watermelon, crumbled cheese, and pickled onions. Finish with any remaining vinaigrette, if desired.

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