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Watermelon & Balsamic Arugula Salad


This refreshing summer salad takes full advantage of the watermelon season, and compliments them with briny and sour elements.

My absolute favorite way to enjoy balsamic vinegar is by slowly reducing it on the stove, creating a sweet and sticky syrupy glaze. I almost always have a squeeze bottle of it in the fridge, so it’s always at the ready when duty calls.

If you don’t have feta on hand, feel free to try goat cheese. That would be delicious as well. Just don’t skip the pickled onions. It adds a whole other level of flavor awesomeness to this salad.

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  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup pickled red onions
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Pine nuts, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste


Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 20mins
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Step 1

Combine balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until just boiling. Reduce heat to low (a slow simmer is what you're after), stir occasionally, and let simmer until reduced by at least half. The balsamic will continue to thicken as it cools. Once completely cool, store in the refrigerator. I like to keep mine in a little plastic squeeze bottle.

Drizzle arugula with a little bit of olive oil and season with kosher salt. Top with cubed watermelon, pickled red onions, feta cheese, and pine nuts. Drizzle generously with the balsamic reduction. Devour immediately.

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