Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad

by jerseygirl on July 9, 2009 · 31 comments

What’s with all the watermelon salads? If you are a cooking magazine addict like I am, you probably noticed that watermelon is the latest fad. Everywhere I look , I seem to find a watermelon recipe. I am not complaining. I love watermelon so bring on more recipes. When I was pregnant with my daughter, watermelon and burgers were my food of choice. Believe it or not, I would drive through Wendy’s and Burger King all in the same lunch hour. Keep in mind, I typically am not a fast food lover. Then I would wash down the greasy burgers with a slice of icy cold watermelon. And the husband would rid the car of all the old fast food bags. Luckily this bad habit only lasted for a few months.

But back to the icy cold watermelon. I just had some a few minutes ago. Is there anything better on a hot day. Or how about a piece after coming back from a four mile run? I have always eaten it plain but it was due time to make a salad. So this is how you do it.

Gather these ingredients:
a few handfuls of arugula
olive oil and balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
crumbled feta cheese
a handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped

Sliced the watermelon into some nice uniform pieces. Toss the arugula with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Place the watermelon on top of the arugula and sprinkle with the feta and chopped mint.

Can it be any easier? This is a great salad to take to a party because it will draw up good conversation. And when you try it, you’ll love it. Next time, I’m switching the mint for basil.

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Jan July 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm

I'm not surprised that everyone is jumping on the watermelon bandwagon, they are the perfect summer fruit, cool and refreshing. I'm sure this salad tasted superbly sweet, salty, and crunchy.


Clumbsy Cookie July 10, 2009 at 5:24 am

Your salad looks like the Italian flag! Very fresh for the hot days!


♥Rosie♥ July 10, 2009 at 5:41 am

How refreshing this watermelon salad must be!

I've made Nigella Lawson's watermelon, feta and black olive salad before, so I can imagine just how good this must taste.


Donna-FFW July 10, 2009 at 8:13 am

Lisa.. this salad sounds wonderful, and the colors are perfect!


kat July 10, 2009 at 9:45 am

It does make a surprisingly good summer salad


The Japanese Redneck July 10, 2009 at 10:54 am

4 mile run. Heck, all we would be doing is calling an ambulance if I tried to run 4 miles!

Salad does look good. Yes, I have noticed watermelon seems to be in style right now.



That Girl July 10, 2009 at 11:01 am

I LOVE watermelon and feta. I almost made this the other day, but my watermelon, albeit sweeeeet, is a little mealy. So it became drinks and popsicles instead.


Mary July 10, 2009 at 11:30 am

Your salad looks so refreshing. The colors speak of summer and hot lazy days. Perfect for a light meal!


Pam July 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

What a pretty and refreshing salad…I've always wanted to try feta with watermelon. Mmmmm!


Aggie July 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I was the same when I was pregnant with my son! I couldn't get enough watermelon and fast food!

That salad looks so refreshing! I've never tried watermelon salad of any kind!


Mom on the Run July 10, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I have always been hesitant to pair watermelon with anything but fruit. This recipe does look great.


Kerstin July 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

What lovely and refreshing salad! Feta is my favorite and so good with watermelon – yum!


teresa July 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm

This is lovely! I would never think to put watermelon on a salad!


♥peachkins♥ July 11, 2009 at 5:49 am

I love love love watermelon and this is a great idea in eating watermelon..


Debbie July 11, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Sounds delicious Lisa. We bought a huge watermelon last week and I was the only one that ate it. It took a few days but I ate the whole thing….would be nice to try this in a salad next time!


Katherine Aucoin July 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

The vibrant colors of this salad just knock my socks off! What a fantastic salad!


Sara July 13, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I have not tried watermelon salad yet, but I've heard such good things about it!


ttfn300 July 13, 2009 at 4:43 pm

looks great! i just made one last night, but with goat cheese 🙂


Danielle July 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm

what a perfect dish for summer! light, flavourful and colourful!


EAT! July 13, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I love the sweet and salty combo of the watermelon salads that have been all over the food world lately.

I think it is time to whip up a gorgonzola and watermelon salad of my own.


Maria July 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm

I love watermelon. Great salad!


Annie July 13, 2009 at 9:58 pm

It looks beautiful and refreshing. I have yet to try this combo but I intend on it now. You sold me!!

P.s. Watermelon is also very good for you in case you didn't know… http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31#descr


Kristen July 14, 2009 at 11:02 am

It never crossed my mind to make a salad like that, although cantaloupe is good in savory dishes. Why not watermelon! Thank you for broadening my horizon today.


maris July 15, 2009 at 7:45 am

Tis the season…I made this exact salad last week (only without arugula…so I guess not the EXACT salad!)


Peter M July 15, 2009 at 10:28 am

Watermelon and Feta is a beautiful thing. Next time ask for Greek Feta and see the difference.


foodwanderings June 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Watermelon and feta a classic and then you added my favorite green to it arugula!! yay!


blueviolet June 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

It looks delicious! I must try this!


Jeanette June 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

I love watermelon and feta salads, and your addition of arugula gives it nice peppery punch!


Patsyk July 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

I was thinking the same thing as I was leafing through my food magazines last night… watermelon salads are definitely the lastest thing!


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