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 adding it to your salad! This Watermelon, Arugula & Parmesan Salad Recipe is my go-to for when I want something refreshing, cool and tasty. It has minimal ingredients with flavors that complement each other really well. You can also add a protein like chicken or steak for a full delicious meal. 

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! 

Watermelon, Arugula, Parmesan & Chicken Salad Recipe

You really want to get the large Parmesan flakes for optimal flavor! The recipe I used for this minimal ingredient, high flavor salad 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 and Parmesan Salad Recipe

Have you tried the recipe? Let us know what you think. xo, Bri 


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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