Watermelon Arugula Salad- Sweet bite-sized watermelon pieces are tossed with fresh arugula, thinly sliced onions, and topped with feta cheese. It's then drizzled with a delectable homemade citrus dressing and served chilled. This watermelon arugula salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser! It's a great no-cook recipe that is perfect for any warm weather get-together as it can be served as a side dish or main course.
Summertime is the ideal time to enjoy refreshing salads. They are light, fresh, and satisfying, especially on a hot summer day. Salads are great because they offer endless possibilities for ingredient combinations, so you can always find a new variety of flavors to enjoy. My favorite salads always have a good balance of flavors and textures, and this watermelon arugula salad has everything you could want!
Watermelon and arugula are two of my favorite warm-weather foods, and combining them in this salad makes the perfect summertime dish. It comes together quickly and easily, and it's made with just a short list of ingredients. The watermelon provides a sweetness that is balanced by the peppery arugula and the salty feta cheese. The thinly sliced onions add a nice crunch, and the citrus dressing ties everything together. Because no cooking is required, it's perfect for taking to BBQs and parties, and it's sure to be a hit with everyone. Give this fantastic salad a try for a light and refreshing summer meal!
Why You'll Love This Watermelon And Fresh Arugula Salad Recipe
Easy To Find Ingredients- You can easily find the ingredients for this watermelon and arugula salad at your local grocery store if you don't already have them at home.
Customizable- Like most salads, this one is easily customizable. Add your favorite protein to make it a complete meal, or add a variety of fresh fruit to make a delicious lunch or side dish.
Refreshing- With fresh ingredients, this watermelon salad with arugula makes the perfect light and refreshing dish for summer.
Simple To Make- This recipe comes together quickly and easily, making it perfect for busy days or summer get-togethers. Plus, there is no cooking required, so you have more time to enjoy the beautiful summer weather!
Flavorful- The combination of watermelon, arugula, and citrus dressing is a flavor explosion in your mouth! The sweet watermelon pairs perfectly with the peppery flavor of the arugula, and the dressing ties it together so nicely.
Equipment Needed To Make Arugula Watermelon Salad With Feta
- Small Mixing Bowl
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ingredients For Making Arugula And Watermelon Salad
For The Dressing:
- Lemon Juice
- Agave Syrup
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For The Salad:
- Onion or Shallot
- Vegan Feta Cheese
How To Make Watermelon Arugula Salad
To make this delicious arugula salad, start by making the dressing. Whisk together lemon juice, agave, salt, and olive oil in a small bowl, then set it aside.
Next, toss the arugula, watermelon, and onion in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the top and stir to combine. Sprinkle the vegan feta on top, allow the salad to chill for about 30 minutes, and then serve.
What to Serve/Pair With Watermelon And Arugula Salad
Watermelon arugula salad pairs well with just about anything! Try serving it with:
- Grilled chicken, steak, or salmon
- Pasta salad
- Potato salad
- Vegetarian burgers
- Crusty Bread
- Baked beans
- Fresh fruit
Popular Substitutions & Additions
- Not a fan of onions? Try substituting diced celery or leave them out altogether.
- If you are looking for some crunch in your salad, add some chopped nuts, such as roasted almonds, walnuts, or pistachios.
- Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the dressing for a bit of heat.
- Try adding other fresh fruits to the salad, such as berries, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon.
- Make it a complete meal by adding grilled chicken, steak, or salmon.
How To Reheat & Store Arugula Watermelon Salad
What Is The Best Way To Store Watermelon And Arugula Salad?
Watermelon and arugula salad is best when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
How Long Will This Arugula Watermelon Salad Last In The Fridge?
Arugula and watermelon salad will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator when stored correctly in an airtight container.
Can I Freeze Arugula Salad With Watermelon And Feta?
I do not recommend freezing this salad. Lettuce does not freeze well, and the watermelon will become mushy when thawed.
How To Reheat Watermelon Arugula Salad?
There's no need to heat this arugula salad as it tastes best chilled.
Watermelon Arugula Salad FAQs
Can I still make this watermelon and arugula salad if I don't have agave syrup?
Yes, you can use pure maple syrup, honey, or sugar instead of agave syrup.
What is the best way to cut the watermelon for this salad?
You'll want to cut the watermelon into bite-sized pieces for this salad. You can either use a melon baller or just cut it into small cubes with a knife.
Do I have to use vegan feta cheese?
No, you can use regular feta cheese if you aren't vegan or substitute it with another type of cheese, such as goat cheese or blue cheese.
Can I make this salad ahead of time?
Yes! You can make this salad up to 3 days in advance. Simply store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
What type of watermelon should I use in this salad?
For this arugula watermelon salad recipe, you'll want to use seedless watermelon. If you can't find a seedless watermelon, you can remove the seeds yourself with a spoon or melon baller.
Can I use a different type of lettuce?
Of course! You can use any type of greens that you like. Arugula has a bit of a peppery flavor, so if you are not a fan, I would suggest using baby spinach or mixed greens instead.
Don't Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How Your Watermelon And Arugula Salad Turned Out!
Watermelon Arugula Salad
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 cups fresh arugula
- 2 cups watermelon
- 1 small onion thinly sliced or shallot
- 2 oz. vegan Feta cheese
Make the Dressing
- In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, agave syrup, salt, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Assemble the Salad
- In a large bowl, toss together arugula, watermelon, and sliced onion. Drizzle over the dressing and stir to combine.
- Add feta on top and chill the salad for 30 minutes.