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Watermelon and Spinach Salad

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


  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 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


  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Try adding a touch of honey to the dressing if your melon isn't super sweet. It will wake it right up!
  • English cucumbers are firmer and less watery than regular cukes. To aid your preparation of this salad, halve a regular cucumber lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds before cubing.
  • Nutrition 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.


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    • Orbs
      Jun 17, 2020

      Very flavorful. We eat salads every day in the summer; this was a nice treat to add the watermelon. Thank you, Marjorie, for sharing this recipe.

    • Kelly
      Jun 17, 2020

      Yum really good!

    • boisegrams
      Jul 19, 2018

      I was a little hesitant to try this recipe--seemed like a bit of a stretch with the combination of ingredients. I am so glad that I did! We loved it and will definitely fix again. I followed the recipe to a tee and used rice vinegar. It's a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

    • NH-rescue
      Jan 8, 2018

      Spinach and watermelon wouldn't have been my first choices to mix together, so I was pleasantly surprised that they went so well together here. The salad itself could be used with lots of other dressings. The hint about scooping out the cucumber seeds was helpful.

    • pvvuxchn
      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
      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
      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
      Jun 21, 2015

      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
      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
      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!