Summer Salad Spotlight | Watermelon Arugula Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette

Oklahoma heat is no joke. This time of year, I crave light and cooling foods – like watermelon and cucumber. Summer is flying by and I’ve been dying to create a homemade watermelon vinaigrette. So, I finally buckled down and gave it a shot. Here’s what I came up with – give it a try and let me know what you think!

Watermelon Vinaigrette


Ingredients:

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

Juice of 1/2 a lime

2/3 cup watermelon juice*

1 tsp honey

Salt and pepper to taste

*To get watermelon juice, simply take about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of fresh watermelon and blend in a blender until smooth. Your other options are to juice the watermelon with a juicer or buy it pre-juiced at the store. For this recipe, I opted for the first option!

Directions:

Add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup watermelon to a blender and blend until smooth. Add remainder of ingredients to blender. Blend until combined (about 5-10 seconds). Store in an airtight jar. Try pairing it with the salad recipe below!

Pro tip: The honey helps sweeten and adds nutrients, but it also acts as an emulsifier to keep the oil mixed with the watermelon juice.

Mint Cucumber Arugula Salad

Ingredients:

Handful of arugula

1/2 cup of chopped or sliced cucumber

12 watermelon chunks or balls*

3 mint leaves, chopped

2 tbsp walnuts, chopped

3 tbsp feta cheese crumbles

2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped

*Pro tip: You don’t need a melon baller to make melon balls! I used a teaspoon to get the melon balls in the photo. Heck yea multi-purpose kitchen tools!


Directions:

Combine and arrange ingredients on a plate. Drizzle with Watermelon Vinaigrette. Enjoy!


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