Watermelon, Arugula & Parmesan Salad Recipe

watermelon parmesan salad

If you haven’t tried watermelon in a salad, you’ve got to try it now! Watermelon is absolutely amazing all on it’s own but just think about it as your whole meal! This Watermelon, Arugula & Parmesan Salad Recipe is my go-to for when I want something refreshing, cool and tasty. I tried a similar salad at Opera years ago and re-created the salad from taste. It has minimal ingredients with flavors that complement each other really well. 

watermelon parmesan salad

Watermelon, Arugula & Parmesan Salad

This is one of my absolute favorite salad recipes to create because it is so simple yet it packs a punch with flavor. I love that it is a unique salad that has restaurant quality taste. You can make this salad with the 3 main ingredients as a side dish or add in avocado and chicken to create a main meal. The dressing can be made with ingredients you probably already have at home. It includes olive oil, orange juice, dijon mustard and salt & pepper to taste. You can substitute the OJ for lime or lemon juice too! 

The recipe I used is below:

watermelon parmesan salad

Watermelon, Arugula & Parmesan Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A refreshing salad packed with flavors of watermelon, parmesan and arugula.


  • Cubed Watermelon
  • Baby Arugula
  • Parmesan Flakes
  • Sliced Avocados (optional)
  • Chopped Cooked Chicken (optional)
  • Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Orange Juice (Can use lemons or limes too)
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • Add Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Add a handfull of arugula to a bowl
  2. Add chopped watermelon on top
  3. Add parmesan flakes
  4. Mix olive oil, orange juice, dijon mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl with a fork until combined.
  5. Pour dressing on top of the salad and enjoy!
  6. Add sliced chicken and/or avocado if desired.

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I typically make this salad for my weekday lunches but it’s also a great dinner for the whole family. The kids don’t always eat too much arugula but they can build their own plate with the remaining ingredients. 

Watermelon, Arugula, Parmesan & Chicken Salad Recipe

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Watermelon Arugula and Parmesan Salad Recipe


I love sharing about family, food and fun in and around San Diego! Enjoy, Bri

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1 Comment

  1. Yum! And totally my kind of recipe… no measurements! And I love recreating restaurant dishes by taste…

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