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Arugula and Watermelon Salad with Red Onion, Feta and Pine Nuts

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This healthy arugula and watermelon salad recipe with feta and sweet balsamic reduction dressing is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way this summer! It also makes a great appetizer or side dish recipe to take to outdoor get-togethers, BBQ’s, and summer festivities. Pair with your favorite protein and your busy weeknights just got a little lighter!

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Why you’ll love this summer salad recipe

Watermelon and Arugula Salad is a delicious blend of sweet watermelon, peppery arugula and creamy feta cheese. It’s drizzled with an addictive dressing of sweet balsamic reduction, and topped off with red onion slivers and tasty pine nuts – so good you’re going to want to eat it all summer long!!

This salad is hearty enough to be a meal on it’s own and a perfect pair to so many summer main dishes. Especially anything you are grilling like: Chili Lime Chicken Kabobs. I can’t think of a better accompaniment to grilled ANYTHING than this salad!

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To make this delicious summer salad you will need

For the Balsamic Reduction dressing

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon honey

Ingredients for the salad

  • 4 cups Baby Arugula
  • 3 cups Seedless watermelon, cubed
  • ½ cup Pickled Red Onions
  • ¼ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Pine nuts, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste

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How to make the Balsamic Reduction

  1. Combine balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until just boiling.
  2. Reduce heat to low (a slow simmer), stir occasionally, and simmer until volume is reduced by at least half. The balsamic will continue to thicken as it cools. Once completely cool, store in the refrigerator. I like to keep mine in a mini mason jar.
Front view of a mini mason jar with balsamic reduction with a spoon over top drizzling balsamic reduction into the jar.

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How to assemble the salad

  1. Drizzle arugula with a little bit of olive oil and season with Kosher salt.
  2. Top with cubed watermelon, thin red onionslivers, feta cheese, and pine nuts.
  3. Drizzle generously with the balsamic reduction. Enjoy!!
Close up photo of watermelon arugula salad with slivered red onions, feta and pine nuts drizzled with sweet balsamic reduction in a white bowl

Recipe options

  • Use goat cheese or shaved parmesan in place of the feta.
  • Add several leaves of fresh mint along with the arugula for added flavor depth.

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Other summer salad recipes to try

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Classic Waldorf Salad

This classic Waldorf Salad is full of fresh, crispy, apples, celery, grapes and walnuts with a creamy mayonnaise dressing served over a bed of lettuce. Serve it as a side dish or appetizer at Christmas or Thanksgiving. You can easily add chicken or turkey to make it a complete meal!

Get the recipe → Classic Waldorf Salad

Arugula and Watermelon Salad with Red Onion, Feta and Pine Nuts

Arugula and Watermelon Salad with Red Onion, Feta and Pine Nuts

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Peppery arugula topped with sweet, icy cold watermelon, crunchy red onion slivers, briny crumbled feta, and balsamic vinegar that was so concentrated it tastes almost sweet. All things combine to form the perfect summer salad!

Ingredients

For the balsamic reduction

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon honey

For the Salad

  • 4 cups Baby Arugula
  • 3 cups Seedless watermelon, cubed
  • ½ cup Pickled Red Onions
  • ¼ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Pine nuts, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

To make the balsamic reduction

  1. Combine balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until just boiling.
  2. Reduce heat to low (a slow simmer), stir occasionally, and simmer until volume is reduced by at least half. The balsamic will continue to thicken as it cools. Once completely cool, store in the refrigerator. I like to keep mine in a mini mason jar. Front view of a mini mason jar with balsamic reduction with a spoon over top drizzling balsamic reduction into the jar.

To make the salad

  1. Drizzle arugula with a little bit of olive oil and season with Kosher salt.
  2. Top with cubed watermelon, red onions, feta cheese, and pine nuts.
  3. Drizzle generously with the balsamic reduction. Enjoy!!


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

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