who’s ready to savor these last weeks of summer like the boss’s that we are? say yes and I promise to make you all the watermelon and arugula salad with mint red onion 😉
because everybody’s summer deserves this salad.
in reality I’m actually kind of freaking out over here about ALL THE watermelon AND tomatoes AND salad greens AND berries because from June –> July I wasn’t in my kitchen for almost 5 weeks – gasp! 😳
all the seasonal goodies I missed!
the first official 3 weeks of summer I was traveling for work (Spain + Israel : NO COMPLAINTS!) and then the next couple of weeks I was on the road chasing bands and dancing barefoot in the grass under the stars with my hubby and BFF + a dozen of my other favorite people in the world (also, NO COMPLAINTS! life is good. ) BUT I did miss hanging out in the kitchen, windows open, music on, tinkering around with whatever good things are in season.
so now I definitely feel like I have some catching up to do when it comes to summer produce, and time is running out, so let’s get to it!
I think a good place to start is right here with this watermelon salad.
I know I say this a lot but it’s REALLY easy to make. I like to keep things pretty straightforward around here. and you could actually very easily change the recipe around to fit whatever you have in your fridge or garden. no mint? cilantro would be a fine substitute. no red onion? how about some shallots or thinly sliced green onion instead.
this salad is really the embodiment of simple, fresh, and flavorful food being enjoyed during it’s very peak of perfection. a bright gem to adorn the table that can be thrown together in less than fifteen minutes and goes PERFECTLY with your BBQ goodies.
my one word of wisdom when you do make this super simple summer salad (say that five times fast!):
DO NOT toss everything together until you are ready to serve it. the vinaigrette and juices from the watermelon will start to wilt the greens. which, if that happens, it will still taste good (helllloo leftover salad lunch and all the mixed emotions that come with you) BUT it’s not nearly as glowing as one that looks like this ☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼… 😘
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watermelon and arugula salad with mint and red onion
watermelon arugula salad with mint and red onion – a super easy and healthy salad made with juicy watermelon, red onion, fresh mint, arugula and a simple lime vinaigrette. the perfect summer salad!
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 4-6 servings
- Category: salad, appetizer
- for the salad:
- 2 cups cubed watermelon
- 1/4 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 big handfuls arugula
- 1 tbs torn mint leaves
- for the dressing:
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbs olive oil
- prep all ingredients.
- mix salad dressing in a jar or whisk together in a small bowl.
- gently toss watermelon, red onion, arugula and mint leaves with dressing and serve immediately!