Watermelon Salad

In Appetizers, Recipes, Sides by Robert Irvine

Time: 20 minYield: 4 servings


For the vinaigrette:

3 tablespoons champagne vinegar3 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves, from about 3 or 4 sprigs1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper3/4 cup grapeseed oil

For the salad:

1 head arugula, soaked to remove all grit, stiff spines of leaves removed, dried in a salad spinner, and torn into bite-sized pieces1 small red onion, sliced thin1 small seedless watermelon, such as Crimson Sweet (or your choice, as long as the seeds are removed) cut into 1-inch cubes or into 1-inch spheres with a melon baller3 ounces feta cheese, cubed


Prepare vinaigrette just before use. Through the feed opening of a running blender, add 1 at a time: champagne vinegar, lemon juice, chopped mint, salt and pepper. Leaving the blender running, add the oil in a slow stream. Adjust seasoning, to taste, with salt and pepper. Toss together arugula and onion. Fold in watermelon. Gently stir in enough of the vinaigrette to coat. Top with feta cheese.

Serve with any extra dressing on the side.