Some may think that this dish is somewhat odd, but watermelon arugula salad recipe is a cool and simply tasty side dish. It includes juicy watermelon cubes (better when they’re chilled!), crunchy and peppery arugula, crisp toasted almond slices and savory feta chunks. Refreshing and perfect for a hot summer’s day!
What Health Benefits Do I Get from Watermelon Arugula Salad?
Most salads are healthy. One of the reasons this is so is that there is no heat involved. No heat means that no vitamins get damaged. But still, saying all salads are healthy is an assumption that can potentially be misleading. In this section, we’ll discuss the health benefits of this specific salad.
Healthier Heart (and Sleep)
Almonds contain plenty of magnesium and calcium. They contribute to generating heart contractions, which can help your heart maintain a steady beating rhythm. This may also improve your sleep quality.
Younger Look and Stronger Body
Almond and arugula contain decent amounts of vitamin E, vitamin C (from lemon juice as well), and manganese. These nutrients belong to a group called antioxidants, which help to reduce cell damage, or inflammation, as they call it. Simply speaking, antioxidants keep you looking younger and lower your chances of getting cancer.
Apart from the antioxidants, which help you to maintain youthful skin, folate from arugula can also aid in strengthening your hair.
Arugula contains a decent amount of vitamin A, or as we would refer to as beta-carotene. This nutrient promotes good eyesight, especially when the light’s not good.
What Can I Serve Watermelon Arugula Salad with?
Our salad is juicy and refreshing, so we need something that’s a bit fulfilling, to keep your stomach happy for the next few hours.
Watermelon arugula salad is a summer salad, and what better way to prepare a meal on the warm summer days than on an outdoor barbecue? A classic combo of grilled meat, salad, and fries is a good enough meal, but you can get creative and select fancier burger options— turkey burgers, shrimp burgers, or chicken burgers, etc.
But again, a barbecue can be too much if your day is filled with work. If you don’t have time to barbecue, how about something you can make a day ahead, keep chilled in the fridge and whip up in a matter of seconds? Check out our chicken salad sandwich recipe here for a delicious addition to your meal. Make both the sandwich and the arugula salad the day before, chill them and get them out when you’re hungry.
If you prefer vegetarian options, we have an egg salad recipe that you can sandwich and munch. It’s also chill-able and easy to make.
Can I Refrigerate Watermelon Arugula Salad?
Ideally, if you’re refrigerating the salad, you should keep the veg and the dressing separate and serve the amount that you plan to eat in a separate bowl. Then add the dressing. If you’ve made enough for more than one meal, store the salad and dressing separately, covered in the refrigerator for one or two days.
But in case you have served more than you need, the leftover should be consumed within the day. I can describe what it turns out after a day, but trust me, it’s not pleasant to hear.
Watermelon Arugula Salad Recipe
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1.5 oz feta cheese
- 0.8 oz almond sliced
- 17.6 oz watermelon cubed
- 7 oz arugula
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In a small bowl, make the dressing by combining lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and olive oil.
- Place arugula, almond, lemon zest in a large bowl. Drizzle in the dressing and gently toss the vegetables. Don’t add watermelon and feta just yet.
- Serve: place the tossed arugula in serving dishes; then, place the watermelon and feta cheese on top.