Juicy Watermelon Salad Recipe
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Juicy Watermelon Salad Recipe

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This fruit salad has such a surprising yet fabulous mix of flavors that friends often ask for the recipe. Combine seedless watermelon varieties in yellow, red and pink for a colorful twist. —Heidi Haight, Macomb, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about 1 medium)
  • 1 small red onion, cut into rings
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup fresh arugula or baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Watermelon slices, optional
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 232 calories, 20 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 295 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine watermelon and onion; cover and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes. Just before serving, add macadamia nuts and arugula to watermelon mixture. In a small bowl, whisk vinaigrette and oil; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve over sliced watermelon, if desired. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Originally published as Juicy Watermelon Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2012, p18

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Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"This was soooo delicious, using the watermelon that I got at the Farmer's Market. Fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables are my faves. I will definitely be making this again.

Also, to help Robin23, Kraft & other brands make all kinds of different balsamic vinaigrette s. They are located right in with the other salad dressing. Or, look up a recipe to make your very own. Good luck!"

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"I wanted to answer Robin23's question. There is a balsamic Vinaigrette. I have found this vingerette by different brand names, in the store. You will need to go to a Superstore such as HEB, Kroger's, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods Markets, or equivalent where you live, to find it. Hopes this helps. Lise"

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"a bit confused about "vinaigrette" - do you mean "vinegar"?"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"Very quick and easy. Replaced the nuts with raisins and that added another layer of sweetness. Also added fresh parsley. Even my husband liked it. A great way to dress up watermelon!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Sooo good! Everyone loves this recipe."

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