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Arugula and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

Arugula and Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

Serves: 4

Category: Salads, Dressings, Dips and Sauces

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This salad features diverse ingredients that combine together beautifully: sweet, crisp watermelon, peppery arugula, zesty red onion and a simple reduction of balsamic vinegar. Simmering or "reducing" balsamic vinegar thickens it and brings out its sweet, complex flavor.

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3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
5 ounces baby arugula
8 cups (1-inch chunks or larger) seedless watermelon
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup lightly toasted pine nuts or chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


To make the balsamic glaze, place balsamic vinegar in a small sauce pan and simmer until reduced to 3 tablespoons, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Arrange arugula over large platter, Top with watermelon, red onion, pine nuts and mint leaves. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with black pepper.

Calories 226; Protein 5 g; Carbohydrates 40 g; Total Fat 6.5 g; Saturated Fat 0.5 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 31 mg; Fiber 2.9 g; Beta-Carotene 1428 ug; Vitamin C 34 mg; Calcium 111 mg; Iron 2.3 mg; Folate 47 ug; Magnesium 82 mg; Zinc 1.2 mg; Selenium 1.8 ug

Comments (12):



08/28/2012 01:22 PM

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Made this salad for my SAD family get together. They loved it. My mom who does not like salad had a second helping. Only change I made was adding strawberries as well as wastermelon.


07/25/2013 04:14 PM

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Crazy good! Used creamy pecan dressing.


08/07/2013 11:46 PM

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This recipe is a keeper! My family loved it - not a scrap left over. This will definitely go on my A list.


07/12/2014 06:47 PM

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This is so very good. I served it last summer at a church picnic and then promptly forgot about it until this weekend. Love this. Yum.


07/28/2014 11:32 AM

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I felt like a gourmet cook serving this recipe. It was delicious AND beautiful. I combined balsamic vinegar, some rice vinegar and some Pomegranate vinegar (from Trader Joe's) and mixed them together. I didn't have pine nuts, so I toasted pistachios and black sesame seed, which was lovely on the salad. I also sliced up half of a ripe avocado.


12/03/2014 04:59 PM

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When it comes to me I don't like it. Better is to eat everything separately.


08/01/2015 09:53 PM

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This recipe was delicious!


08/12/2015 08:22 PM

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This salad is wonderful! We had it for dinner last night. I saved half the balsamic reduction, and cut the other ingredients in half for last night's dinner, and just assembled a fresh salad for tonight, using a Vidalia onion this evening. Just as good. Can't wait to make it again soon.


09/23/2015 11:17 AM

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Made for a women's luncheon and had great comments. Someone even asked for recipe. This is amazing considering the dish was surrounded by pasta and things like ring baloney. It makes a beautiful presentation and tastes wonderful. The mix of peppery greens and sweet enhances the individual ingredients. I feel like I'm eating at the finest restaurants with these recipes. Not missing anything and living the good life.

Gary S

08/24/2016 04:27 PM

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I served mine on a bed of quinoa. A definite favorite. 5-star for sure.
This comment was last edited on 08/24/2016 04:27 PM


01/06/2017 01:27 AM

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We find this recipe is a summer favorite! But the Balsamic Dressing is excellent on any veggie based salad. While, flavored balsamic vinegar are great on fruit salads. For example, Coconut white balsamic vinegar reduced and poured over fresh fruits.


06/16/2017 12:32 PM

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Really love this salad! It looks and tastes wonderful. Find it takes longer to get reduction of vinegar and if taking to event better to bring reduction separately and add just before serving otherwise dish gets very liquidly from watermelon.  Have brought it to women luncheon and family reunion (Italian). Gets a lot of comments from SAD eaters...mostly surprised when they step out of comfort zone.