Watermelon Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Happy August! The sun is finally shining! It’s nice out, so nice I’ve got sunglasses, a sun dress, and fresh painted toe nails, and pretty sandals on!

I’ve got a ton of stuff to do today, including a 3pm yoga class. I wanted to post my light and delicious lunch before I got back to pickling the last of the snap peas, and some zucchini which I will post later today!

I had some arugula, cilantro, and ricotta salata left in the fridge. I walked to Whole Foods to grab some cream for my coffee, and came home with heirloom tomatoes, and some watermelon too.

When I lived on the East Coast I rarely cooked. I worked for a restaurant so most of my friends were free for lunch. We had a ton of lunches at really nice places. I remember any chance a restaurant would have a watermelon salad on special I would order it, devour it, and scrape my plate for leftover juices. Yum!

Today I was feeling a little nostalgic, and decided to make my own version of an old favorite. It was light, bright, and perfect. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Watermelon Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette 

For one salad, and dressing for a week!


  • 1/4 cup chopped watermelon
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 small green heirloom tomato, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp chopped red onion (I sliced the onion into half moons)
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled ricotta salata
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar, or white wine
  • 1 tbsp grape-seed oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 shallot
  • Place Chopped watermelon on plate.
  • Place clean arugula in a bowl.
  • Top with chopped onion, tomato, sunflower seeds, and  crumbled ricotta salata.
  • Place clean cilantro, juice of lime, shallot, salt,  vinegar, and oil in bowl of food processor, and pulse until desired consistency.
  • Toss dressing, and salad together.
  • Place on top of arugula, and enjoy!

2 Comments to “Watermelon Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette”

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  2. Ohh how I miss Hermiston watermelons. Guess I’ll have to eat one up when I am home for a few days at the end of the month. 🙂

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