Watermelon and Arugula Salad

In light of my not so healthy recipe last week, I thought I would share a delicious salad this week. I have been dying to make a watermelon salad. I have seen so many different variations but I knew I couldn’t go wrong with Ina’s version. I served this a few weekends ago and it was a huge hit. The pepperiness of the arugula, the sweetness of the watermelon and the saltiness of the Parmesan cheese are the perfect combination. Enjoy!

Watermelon, Arugula and Parmesan Salad


1/2 pound baby arugula leaves

2 pounds seedless watermelon, 3/4-inch-diced (3 pounds with the rind)

1/3 cup good olive oil

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2-pound chunk Parmesan cheese


Place the arugula and watermelon in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour enough dressing on the arugula to moisten. Toss well and place on 6 salad plates.

With a very sharp knife or a vegetable peeler, shave the Parmesan into large shards and sprinkle them on the arugula and watermelon. Sprinkle with salt and serve

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  1. August 10, 2011 / 11:21 am

    Yum! This looks so good yet so simple to make! I love Ina, I have gotten so many recipes and techiques from her.

  2. August 10, 2011 / 11:31 am

    Will try this Ina recipe! I made a watermelon, feta and blueberry salad this weekend that is kind of similar.

  3. August 10, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    Yes please, a perfect Summer salad! It looks so refreshing. I know what I will be having for dinner tonight. Thank you =)

  4. August 10, 2011 / 12:01 pm

    Watermelon is the best- love it! There was a watermelon vest last weekend and we missed it so it's all i've been thinking about!

  5. August 10, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    Sounds great! I'm making watermelon cocktails for vacation today, maybe I'll use the leftovers for this salad??

  6. August 10, 2011 / 4:01 pm

    Yummo!!! I am now going to have to go back to the store today to get watermelon to make this mouth watering salad!!!!!

  7. August 10, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    mmm, that looks yummy! love the sweet of the watermelon. glad you had fun on your relaxing getaway!! and i'm sure you have finished the help by now, yay! so excited to see it this weekend.

  8. August 11, 2011 / 1:47 am

    So I just got back from dinner w/ my hubs and I ordered watermelon salad for an app and it included feta cheese and it was DELISH if you ever want to try substituting for the parm 🙂 xo Lisa

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