RECIPES

Watermelon Salad with Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Candied Walnuts

This is a simple salad to make, but the flavors and textures are complex and delicious.

This is a simple salad to make, but the flavors and textures are complex and delicious.  (Danielle Walker, New York Times bestselling author of Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple)

  • Prep Time

    25min

  • Cook Time

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  • Total Time

    25min

  • Servings

    6

This is a simple salad to make, but the flavors and textures are complex and delicious. The watermelon lends a subtle sweetness to the peppery arugula and rich goat cheese, and the spiced candied walnuts give it the perfect crunch with just a hint of spice! Because the flavoring of the components is already so robust, Danielle chose to use a minimal dressing of just lemon juice, olive oil, and a small drizzle of balsamic vinegar. If you can’t have balsamic or can’t find one without added sugar, this Citrus Dressing works really well on it too.

Ingredients

  • 6 Pieces of watermelon, cut to 1 inch thickness
  • 2 cup Baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup Crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Spiced candied walnuts, roughly chopped

Preparation

Step 1:

  • Using a large biscuit cutter, or just great circle cutting knife skills!, cut the watermelon slices into round circles. Use a knife to trim off any parts that make the circle uneven so it sits flat on a plate.

Step 2:

  • In a medium bowl, toss the arugula with the mint, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Step 3:

  • Arrange the watermelon circles on a plate, then top each with a small handful of the arugula mixture (roughly 1/3 cup each).

Step 4:

  • Sprinkle each salad with goat cheese and the chopped walnuts, then drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the tops. Enjoy!