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.


  • 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


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!