This quick and easy arugula watermelon salad is a must-have recipe for any household. It is healthy, and it is nutritious. And this arugula watermelon salad recipe is one of my favorite summer salads to make because you only need six ingredients, and you only need 5 minutes to put it together! And most likely, you already have all these ingredients right in your kitchen. If you are tired of your old arugula watermelon feta salad, give this recipe a try.
This recipe is perfect for anyone looking to eat a healthy meal/side dish but has a busy schedule, serves as an appetizer to a crowd, brings to a dinner party, or just loves watermelon because this recipe is a guarantee to be a crowd-pleaser and the whole family! This refreshing watermelon arugula salad is sweet, salt, sour, bitter, and a little peppery note. I love making this salad for myself and my family because this salad is a great way to add whole foods and raw food into everyone's diet.
What You Will Need To Make This Salad
To make this salad, I used rocket arugula as it is peppery arugula. Rocket offers a crisp and slightly peppery note that is perfect for a salad.
If you are looking for a bold flavor, try wild rocket, as they offer a strong flavor. If you like an even milder flavor, go with baby arugula. Baby arugula offers an even more mild flavor than the mature leaves.
If arugula is not your thing or if you don't have any on hand, you can substitute it with baby spinach.
This salad is the perfect summer salad because it is also the watermelon season. I used yellow watermelon to make this salad, but you can use traditional red flesh seedless watermelon. I was able to get my hand on some yellow watermelon, and they turned out to be the perfect addition. Unlike red flesh watermelon, yellow watermelon offers a sweeter and more honey-like flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients.
If you have never had yellow watermelon before, they are natural and not genetically modified. The yellow flesh is caused by a natural mutation that is rich in beta-carotene. While yellow watermelon is harder to find, you may be able to find them at your local farmers' market or specialty stores. I got my from online Asian grocery delivery service, check to see if they deliver to your area.
Sweet juicy watermelon, mint, and halloumi are such a classic combo. The combination of sweet and salty, squeaky and juicy, just works so well together.
To give the salad more flavor, add some fresh mint leaves. If fresh mint is not available, you can use dried mint.
Fresh mint pairs perfectly with halloumi's saltines, as it is fresh and pungent.
Most summer salad uses feta cheese, as watermelon and feta cheese go very well together. I use halloumi cheese for this salad, as it is such a delicious cheese that also pairs well with watermelon and mint. You can replace them with another white cheese such as feta or goat cheese if neither is available.
If you never had pomegranate molasses before, they offer an intense sweet and sour flavor. They taste very similar to balsamic. But unlike balsamic, pomegranate molasses have much thicker textures and are richer in flavor, so a little goes a long way.
If pomegranate molasses is not available, you can use balsamic, red wine vinegar, or vinaigrette instead.
Extra virgin olive oil is super healthy for you, especially when it is enjoyed raw. EVOO is full of monounsaturated fat, rich in vitamins, and potent antioxidants. All you need for this arugula salad is a drizzle.
Arugula watermelon salad
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Serving Size: 2
5 ounce fresh arugula
2 cups cubed ripe watermelon
10 mint leaves finely chopped
2 oZ Halloumi cheese Chopped
1/2 teaspoon Pomegranate Molasses
1 teaspoon EVOO
- Cube the watermelon to your liking.
- Finely chop the mint leaves.
- Slice the halloumi cheese into small cubes.
- In a large bowl, add arugula, watermelon, mint leaf, and halloumi cheese. Then add EVOO and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses. Gently toss.
Serving size: 2
Amount per serving: Calories: 172 calories. Total Fat: 9.8g, Saturated Fat 5.4g. Cholesterol: 19mg. Sodium: 305mg. Total Carbohydrate: 18.2g. Dietary fiber: 2.2g. Total Sugar: 14.7g. Protein: 8.4g.
**The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.**
- If the watermelon arugula salad is too sweet for you, add fresh lemon juice or fresh lime juice to tone the sweetness level down.
- Fancy it up: you can fancy it up by adding pine nuts, kalamata olives, and onion.