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Arugula, Watermelon, and Feta Salad

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Arugula Feta Watermelon Salad

I consider myself adventurous when it comes to food. Maybe not as adventurous as Brian Zimmerman on that show Bizarre Foods, but adventuresome enough. I mean, I lived in Japan for a year and ate plenty of things outside my comfort zone. I ate a shrimp that was still living and moving. Yep. I poked it with my chopsticks and that sucker started wiggling. Not one to offend my hosts, I ate it as quickly as I could (I don’t even remember if I chewed) and washed it down with a few gulps of beer. Just one of many food in Japan anecdotes (I’ve got tons).

So when Rachel suggested we try this Arugula, Watermelon, and Feta Salad that Liz posted over at Blog is the New Black I didn’t scoff, but I wasn’t exactly excited. For some reason I just had this mental block. Watermelon is for snacking, for dessert, or for drinks. Not a dinner salad. Right? Wrong. Way wrong. Way delicious.

Arugula Watermelon and Feta Salad

One of the reasons we started  Taste Test Thursday was to get away from the regular “go to” dishes and try new things that other food bloggers had made. We’ve really been enjoying it, trying a new hamburger recipe, a grilled squash, tomato and feta salad, and of course those infamous strawberry butter cream lemonade cupcakes I accidentally on purpose made way too many of.

We were really pleased with this sweet and savory Arugula, Watermelon, and Feta Salad. Whatever mental block I had was thoroughly demolished. Watermelon doesn’t have to be just a dessert. This is a perfect summer side dish, lunch, or snack!

Arugula Watermelon and Feta Salad

As a quick side note, have you been enjoying the delicious pictures in the past few blog posts? We recently purchased a new camera, a Canon Powershot S95, to replace a 7 year old camera that died a slow, painful, pixelated death. We tried getting by using my Droid’s camera, but that just wasn’t cutting it. We are loving our upgrade!

Besides wanting to take nice food photography, we are new parents and want to take photos of Baby Boy every time he does something adorable; putting his foot in his mouth and sucking on his toes, giggling at silly Daddy faces, smiling at the hairy dog, sneezing aggressively, falling asleep with his little mouth wide open and drooling… you get the idea.

Anyway… We loved this salad and will be making it again soon. If you have a mental block about watermelon as a salad, like I did, give this recipe a shot. I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised. It’s light years tastier than eating a wiggling shrimp, take my word for it. 🙂

Recipe: Arugula, Watermelon, and Feta Salad


  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups baby arugula
  • 4 cups chilled watermelon cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 12 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) fresh mint leaves, cut chiffonade style


  1. After cutting watermelon, toss with salt.
  2. Whisk together the lemon juice, shallots, honey. Slowly pour in the olive oil, whisking constantly, to form an emulsion.
  3. Toss the arugula, watermelon, feta, and mint in a large bowl. Sprinkle with black pepper. Drizzle with vinaigrette to lightly coat the salad.

Recipe from: Blog is the New Black

Arugula Watermelon and Feta Salad

Arugula Watermelon and Feta Salad

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9 thoughts

  • August 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Just when I thought summer was over I see this recipe, lol…I’m so glad that some bloggers are still posting “summery” recipes…

    Maybe I’m a litte scared of fall, haha!

    This really does look good, Chris! Love watermelon!

    • Chris
      August 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks Charissa 🙂 Summer is certainly not over for us. We are hanging on to it by tooth and nail!

    • Chris
      August 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Liz, you made a believer out of me with this recipe. Thank you! Watermelon in a salad = amazing!

    • Chris
      August 30, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Claire! I was surprised myself at just how good it was. I thought watermelon was just for dessert. Nope!

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