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Arugula Watermelon and Feta Summer Salad

arugula watermelon feta summer salad dressing

Last summer, I tried this summer salad at a restaurant and loved it. In fact, it’s been on my mind ever since. Yes, my mind works that way. Watermelon, I’ve got you on my mind.

So what is this summer salad recipe I speak of?

Here’s the breakdown…spicy arugula meets salty feta and juicy watermelon. A little red onion brings some sass to the party and lemon dressing ties the whole thing together like a nice, big bow. In a word – YUM!!!

With Memorial Day rapidly approaching I like to have some “go-to” recipes in my back pocket. This is going to be on rotation in our backyard this summer. And as usual, I have a time saving tip for you.

Now I admit, I was nervous about posting a recipe using bottled salad dressing. I even asked my peeps in a poll on my Facebook page.  And you know what? No one read me a riot act or sent me hate mail that I know of. The general consensus is that easier is better. So I don’t think you’ll mind, though you can certainly tell me if it bothers you.

But the way I look at it is like this: we’re busy, we’re hungry and we’re pressed for time. So if a delicious shortcut happens to land it our lap, who are we to turn it away???

Bottled salad dressing has come a long way in recent years. There are brands with ingredients you can feel good about. I used Marzetti’s Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette but another dressing I’d recommend for this particular recipe is Newman’s Citrus Splash.

And of course, if you’d still like to make your own dressing, by all means, you do that!

Pair this will pretty much any grilled chicken recipe and I guarantee you and your diners will be singing this summer salad’s praises.

Pin it for later here!

Try it and let me know what you think!

Made with love,


Arugula, Watermelon & Feta Summer Salad

Course: Salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Deanne - This Farm Girl Cooks


  • 4 cups fresh, cubed watermelon
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 T. chopped fresh mint
  • 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • 5 oz package arugula
  • 2 oz store bought lemon Vinaigrette


For ease of preparation, I use a bottled salad dressing. Some commonly found grocery store varieties are Marzetti Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette, Newman's Own Citrus Splash or Panera's Mediterranean Lemon Vinaigrette.
You can certainly make your own salad dressing, too. There are tons of recipes on the internet. As always, you do you!

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arugula watermelon & feta summer salad


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