The Best Watermelon Salad with Chicken (Easy Summer Recipe)

The Best Watermelon Salad with Chicken (Easy Summer Recipe)

Salty and sweet, this watermelon chicken salad is a perfect way to enjoy a light lunch that’s packed with protein and vitamin C.

Two plates of watermelon chicken salad and two forks.

Beat the heat on these hot summer days with a delicious watermelon salad featuring chicken as the main protein.

My father-in-law always enjoyed his watermelon with a sprinkle of salt.

I never quite understood how that could taste good until I discovered the delicious combination of seedless watermelon and tangy feta cheese or soft goat cheese.

The two ingredients are delicious together but even better nestled on a bed of leafy greens and topped with juicy grilled chicken and crunchy pine nuts.

Two plates of watermelon chicken salad on a table top.

My family is trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our daily lives. 

With summer arriving, sweet watermelon is easy to find at grocery stores and the price is right.

We eat a lot of watermelon just the way it is all summer long.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this sweet fruit is from the rind but I also like to blend it and use it in my favorite summer drinks.

Watermelon margaritas anyone?

I make the alcohol free version for the kids, refreshing watermelon lemonade slushies for an irresistible summer beverage.

Watermelon is also a wonderful ingredient paired with prosciutto for an easy to make appetizer that will have your guests asking for the recipe.

A salad plate with watermelon, greens and chicken next to a napkin.

Getting back to the salad, the sweetness from the watermelon paired with the salty flavors of the feta cheese is a taste you shouldn’t knock until you’ve tried it.

I’ve been getting into the habit of grilling more chicken than I need so I have it throughout the week to toss onto a salad just like this one.

The added protein fills you up and makes for a complete meal.

Its the perfect salad for lunch on a hot day or a light main meal.

Ingredients

You will need minimal ingredients for this watermelon salad recipe.

Greens. I like to use spring greens but it is also just as delicious over a bed of peppery arugula.

Fresh watermelon. Chop this sweet fruit into chunks or use a melon baller for perfectly round pieces.

Pine nuts. Toasted slightly this adds crunch and protein to this salad

Feta cheese. This salty briny cheese is best from the deli and cheese department of the grocery store. I look for the feta that is in water. Otherwise use crumbled goat cheese.

Grilled chicken. I love grilled chicken on this salad. I have also used grilled salmon as well.  Pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store if you want to save a cooking step.

For the vinaigrette I usually have the the essential fridge and pantry staples. 

Fresh lime juice. You’ll need a few limes for the dressing

Honey. The best flavor comes from local honey if you can find it at your farmers market or grocer.

Olive oil. I like to use extra virgin olive oil.

Minced garlic.

Fresh mint leaves from the store or garden.

Fresh cracked pepper.

How to arrange this salad

Whisk together the ingredients for the salad dressing.

Arrange the greens into salad bowl.

Top the greens with sweet watermelon, cheese and pine nuts.

Add the grilled chicken on top and drizzle with the vinaigrette.

How to select the perfect sweet 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 yellow or white spot 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 underripe.

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.

Two salads plate with greens, watermelon, feta and pine nuts on a table near a bowl of cubed watermelon.

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The Best Watermelon Salad with Chicken (Easy Summer Recipe)

Ali Randall
Salty and sweet, this watermelon chicken salad is a perfect way to enjoy a light lunch that's packed with protein and vitamin C.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ounces baby spring greens
  • 1 cup fresh watermelon
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup feta or goat cheese
  • 1 cup grilled chicken, chopped or shredded

For the Vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 large mint leaves, minced
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the greens in two salad bowls. 
  • Top each bowl equally with watermelon, pine nuts, feta cheese and grilled chicken.
  • To make the vinaigrette, whisk together the lime juice, honey, olive oil, garlic, fresh black pepper and fresh mint leaves. 
  • Drizzle over the salads and serve.
Keyword Watermelon salad with protein

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