Sweet watermelon, juicy cucumber and salty feta cheese are the perfect flavor combination nestled on top of peppery arugula.
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Summer is in full swing and I am loving all that my farmer’s market has to offer.
Juicy watermelon is my weakness.
I just can’t eat enough.
While I love it plain right off the rind, I love experimenting with different ways to eat it.
My arugula salad with ripe watermelon and briny feta cheese is a simple creation that can be ready in under 15 minutes.
My neighbors are Greek and always have the best Greek feta cheese in their fridge.
Packed in water, this salty cheese is a must in this salad.
If you are afraid to taste sweet watermelon chunks and feta together – don’t be!
The sweet and salty flavors are amazing.
For this salad, I spiralized crisp cucumbers instead of chopping it.
Now that’s a delicious summer salad that can be easily made at the last minute!
It’s the perfect summer salad for a summer barbecue or a summer side dish.
While you can use any kind of greens, spicy tender baby arugula leaves contradict the sweet flavor of the watermelon and syrupy taste from the drizzle of balsamic glaze.
Balsamic glaze you say?
Yes. That is all you need to dress this salad.
The watermelon and cucumber provide enough juice that no olive oil is necessary.
Grab these fresh ingredients for a delightfully refreshing summer salad from your grocery store.
Arugula. This tangy green can be found in the produce department of any grocer. You may also find it at your local farmers market.
Watermelon. Use a sharp knife and cutting board to cut into cubes or use a melon baller to scoop the perfect size of watermelon cubes.
Cucumber. I prefer the English cucumber because it is crisp and usually seedless. Otherwise, grab a seeded cuke.
Feta cheese. I like to buy this fresh in water and create my own feta cheese crumbles by using a fork to separate a large wedge.
Balsamic glaze. This is different from balsamic vinegar. Be sure you grab the glaze from same are as vinegar at your local grocery store.
How to make this watermelon feta salad
Fill a large bowl with arugula greens.
Add in the chunks of sweet melon, spiralized cucumber noodle and sprinkle plenty of feta on top.
Crack fresh ground pepper on top and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top to your liking.
How to chose the perfect watermelon
To choose a good watermelon, be sure to first take advantage of watermelon season.
Watermelon is typically in season during the summer months of May through September.
Use these easy tips next time you are searching for the perfect watermelon.
Symmetry: Choose a watermelon that is symmetrical and uniform in shape.
Avoid watermelons with bumps, dents, or cuts.
Field Spot: Look for a creamy yellow spot on the underside of the watermelon.
This spot indicates where the watermelon rested on the ground and got sun exposure.
A white or light yellow field spot suggests that the watermelon lacks flavor.
Striping Pattern: Inspect the watermelon’s striping pattern.
The green stripes should be a deep, dark green, while the pale stripes should be a creamy, light yellow.
Avoid watermelons that are very shiny, as they are likely under ripe.
Stem: Choose a watermelon with a dry and yellow-brown stem.
A green stem may signify that the watermelon is not yet ripe and will lack flavor and sweetness.
Weight: Lift the watermelon and choose the heaviest one for its size.
At 92 percent water, the watermelon should be heavy for its size.
Sound: Give the watermelon a gentle tap and listen to the sound it makes.
If the pitch sounds deep and hollow, the fruit has more water and is likely riper.
What to serve with this watermelon salad recipe
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- EASY BONE-IN OVEN BAKED PORK CHOPS
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Easy Watermelon Arugula Salad with Feta and Cucumber
- 4 cups arugula
- 2 cups seedless watermelon, chopped
- 1 English cucumber, spiralized into cucumber noodles
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- Balsamic glaze
- Fresh ground pepper
- Fill a large salad bowl with arugula greens.
- Chop the watermelon and use a spiralizer on the cucumber or chop into small bite sized pieces.
- Add in the chunks of watermelon, spiralized cucumber and sprinkle plenty of feta on top.
- Crack fresh ground pepper on top and drizzle the balsamic glaze on top to your liking.
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