Watermelon Arugula Salad

Watermelon Arugula Salad

It’s that time of the year again (no not the holidays yet thankfully)! It’s that time of the year when all the summer produce is at its prime, but the end of the season is near, so we pack in all that we can and make the most of it. Let’s start (or are we finishing now?) with this watermelon arugula salad!

Watermelon Arugula Salad

Watermelon Arugula Salad

So I’m convinced that everyone has a semi-random (and likely useless) superpower in their arsenal. Mine? Picking out ripe watermelons. I’m the crazy lady in the market tapping on EVERY melon to get the one that sounds the most hollow and is therefore the juiciest.

The last two or so years, however, I felt as though the watermelons I found just weren’t as good as I wanted. I know I wasn’t alone. Thankfully this summer, the watermelons have been much tastier. Maybe it’s the wetter weather in California. Or maybe the produce gods new this pregnant lady/new mother needed some good watermelon!

Mixed Greens

My other related superpower (in some people’s eyes – at least my husband’s mother) is that I’m perfectly fine cutting up a watermelon! For whatever reason, many people don’t like it, but I don’t mind it. I’m willing to put in the work to reap the rewards; just don’t get in a hissy when I devour any remaining melon on the table!

Ok. Back to this watermelon arugula salad. All the flavors in this recipe marry together wonderfully. The sweet watermelon counters the peppery arugula. The balsamic magically adds an extra layer of flavor.

And then there’s the feta! It’s so magical. You could also use goat cheese if you prefer in this salad to mute the flavors a bit (and because goat cheese is also satisfyingly delectable)!

Watermelon Salad Substitutions

I understand, substitutions are necessary – whether it’s a flavor preference or just what you have on hand.

As far as the arugula. You could certainly use another mix or leaf. I’d recommend using a sturdier leaf, since the watermelon is weighty and the flavor of the leaf serves as a balance to the sweet fruit. I’d recommend baby spinach leaves or something similar.

Also, the balsamic vinegar is a light dressing and certainly a stronger flavor. A homemade balsamic vinegar would be a perfectly delicious substitute!

Watermelon Arugula Salad

If you’re looking for other delicious watermelon recipes, try one of these:

Watermelon Basil Salad
Watermelon Sangria
Watermelon Raspberry Fizz

If you have extra arugula, these honeydew skewers are a great way to use it up. And if you need more summer produce inspiration, here is a list of what’s in season in summer as well as must-make summer produce recipes, so you can take advantage of seasonal deliciousness!

And, yes, I just found out that satisfyingly is indeed a word – I didn’t even have to make up an adverb for this salad!

Watermelon Arugula Salad
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5 from 11 votes


A newly classic flavor combination of watermelon and arugula, this salad is a new favorite. Add in balsamic for a punch of flavor and marry it all together with some delectable crumbled feta cheese for the ultimate summer salad!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: American, Salad, Salad/ Side Dish
Cuisine: American, New American
Keyword: entertaining, fruit, salad, side dish, vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • 2 cups packed arugula leaves
  • 2 cups diced watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper if desired


  • Add the arugula to a medium bowl. Top with the watermelon and feta and toss gently to combine. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, if desired, before serving.


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Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This salad is right down my alley – I love cheese and watermelon. Ricotta, goat cheese, feta, you name it. I bet the arugula goes so well with it.

  2. 5 stars
    Yum, I love the sweetness of the watermelon contrasted with the tangy feta and crisp arugula. This is definetelygoing on the menu for next week.

  3. 5 stars
    Its a perfect watermelon salad to fight with heat. Love the addition of greens in watermelon. I have not yet tried. Thanks for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    Watermelon and feta go so well together and arugula also has that great slight sharpness that I love – a great salad for summer!

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