Watermelon & Spinach Salad Recipe
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Watermelon & Spinach Salad Recipe

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Summer's the perfect time to toss up this watermelon salad. You'd never expect it, but spinach is awesome here. Eat it and feel cool on even the hottest days. —Marjorie Au, Honolulu, Hawaii
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach or arugula
  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 cups cubed cantaloupe
  • 2 cups cubed English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 84 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 288mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the first nine ingredients. In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat; serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Watermelon & Spinach Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2015

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pvvuxchn User ID: 1475903 250495
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

"Interesting combination of fruits and vegetables, so made for summer luncheon. Had lots of leftovers; gets watery so doesn't keep long. Did not like the dressing. Too tangy with all the ginger root, vinegar and lime. Might have preferred with a honey yogurt or poppyseed dressing. Probably never make again as felt wasted lots of ingredients that could have enjoyed in separate spinach and fruit salads."

LadyDiBellevue User ID: 3165769 250133
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

"Delicious! The vinaigrette is the perfect foil for the sweet melon. I made it for a birthday party and it received rave reviews. I am tempted to add 1/2 a finely minced jalapeno to give it just a little more heat, and a diced avocado for a texture foil, besides which, the vinaigrette would be divine on avocado!"

danielleylee User ID: 4484886 232409
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"This salad is delicious even without the dressing but the dressing brings it to another level. I made it for a picnic yesterday and everyone wanted to recipe."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 228297
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2015 Edited Jul. 3, 2016

"Excellent! As someone else said, it's summer in a bowl!

Update: Today I added cooked, diced chicken to the salad and made it a main dish salad. Excellent, also!"

maryHodges User ID: 3263641 228049
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2015

"Haven't made it yet, but it sounds intriguing! Can anyone comment on how long they held the salad after putting it together? I'd like to take this to a potluck."

cynandtom User ID: 2224843 227608
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015

"I am not a big salad lover, but I absolutely loved this! I substituted a Yogurt, Honey Lime dressing and it was absolutely delicious. The sweetness of the fruit and dressing cut through the bitterness of the spinach! Yum!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 227362
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"Fabulous! Who would have guessed this combination would be outstanding??? I got a few odd looks when I mentioned I was going to prepare this. Everyone raved about it. I used white wine vinegar."

destinyworks User ID: 2382809 227073
Reviewed May. 28, 2015

"All these flavors work so well together. Tastes like summer in a salad - we loved it!"

LisaAnne119 User ID: 6458210 226955
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"Made this tonight and both of my grown children asked to take home the leftovers. Company loved it too. Extremely flavorful. Like nothing I've ever had before. I used ginger paste instead of grating my ginger root and it seemed to work beautifully. This is a keeper recipe."

dublinlab User ID: 1682119 226083
Reviewed May. 8, 2015

"Amazing. I didn't put the garlic in, doesn't appeal to me. The cantaloupe at the store looked like a rock so l used fresh pineapple. This was so GOOD! I served it with left over a chicken and crusty buns."

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