Arugula and Watermelon Salad

by Mary on May 12, 2012

arugula watermelon salad

This is the only way I know to get my teen to happily eat arugula! Even wild arugula, which is sharper than the regular stuff.

The amazing thing about this salad– which I’ll admit, seems like an odd combination on the face of it– is how the sweet watermelon takes all the bitterness out the arugula. My friend Patricia learned this recipe through St. Helena’s healthy living course and gave it her own spin.  Hers includes red onion, which is yummy but not as kid-friendly. I included a little for a garnish. It looks nice for the camera or to adults dining together, but I would not put it in young person’s salad.

My version is pretty basic, you’ll have it on the table in no time. If you want to gussy it up more and you eat dairy, some cubes of feta cheese would be a great addition. Or try gorgonzola as my blogger friend from Tastefully Julie suggests.


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Arugula and Watermelon Salad
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This salad is the only way I know to get my teen to happily eat arugula! Very easy, especially if you start with bagged greens and a seedless watermelon.
Serves: 3
For the salad:
  • 6 cups arugula or wild arugula, washed
  • 1-2 cups watermelon cubes from a seedless watermelon, seeds removed
  • handful pine nuts
  • a few very thinly sliced half-rings of red onion for garnish (optional)
For the dressing:
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. of a fruit vinegar such as raspberry vinegar, or, lacking that, balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Dress the arugula with the raspberry or other vinegar, then the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Serve salad onto plates.
  3. Arrange watermelon cubes onto each salad.
  4. Add red onion with a light hand if using. The salad already has plenty of sharpness from the arugula, the onion is mainly to make the salad look prettier.
  5. Sprinkle with pine nuts.


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TastefullyJulie May 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Mmmm, I love arugula. My favorite is rocket salad with gorgonzola cheese! I also love it in soup.


mary May 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Well, yeah…. what doesn’t taste better with gorgonzola cheese? Arugula in soup: haven’t tried that but I can sure see it, maybe with some lemon juice in there, too. Yum.


Kiersten May 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm

This makes me a little bit sad because after two attempts at starting arugula from seed this spring, I still have nothing to show for it. It grows to about an inch high and stays there! I might have to try a third planting and time it to coincide with watermelon season. 🙂
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Cindy May 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I made this for dinner tonight, it came together so quick and everyone loved it! Including Mr. Picky 4 year old that won’t eat anything besides hash browns and chicken nuggets. Thanks for a great recipe!!


mary May 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thanks, Cindy, I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks for letting me know!


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