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Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

I have a wonderful summer salad to share with you today!

Watermelon Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Remember how I wrote in my last post that I have been loving watermelon lately? Well, I decided to try it out in salad form. A friend of mine hosted a pot luck last night and asked me to bring a salad. As I was brainstorming ideas for a creative new combination, this one came to mind.

Watermelon Salad

It was very simple with just arugula, watermelon, feta, almonds and mint but each of the five ingredients added something that combined made for delicious and special salad. The saltiness of the feta was so good with the sweet watermelon and the mint seemed to enhance the flavors of everything. I couldn’t resist adding the sliced almonds for a little contrasting crunch!

Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

I went running with a friend yesterday and shared my salad idea. She said that she’d made a similar salad before but with a pepper jelly dressing. I thought that sounded awesome so I used her dressing suggestion and made a pepper jelly vinaigrette. It was so good!

I highly recommend that you make this salad this summer! It was a hit at the party I attended and is a beautiful salad for entertaining. It’s also super simple to prep and transport!

Watermelon, Feta & Arugula Salad with Pepper Jelly Dressing
(Recipe created by Jen DeCurtins)


8 ounces arugula
1 cup mint leaves, julienned
2 cups diced watermelon
1 cup feta cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 cup pepper jelly
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


In a large bowl, combine the arugula and mint and toss to mix together. Add the watermelon, feta and almonds on top.

In a separate bowl, combine the pepper jelly, lemon juice, olive oil and vinegar and whisk to combine. Pour the pepper jelly vinaigrette over the salad mixture and then gently combine using salad servers.

Yield: 10-12 side salad servings

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  • Libby @ Hazel and Everett June 6, 2015, 4:00 pm

    That salad looks so good! I am also glad it’s watermelon season. I can’t get enough!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2015, 8:51 pm


  • Cassie Tran June 6, 2015, 6:09 pm

    What a delicious-looking salad! I hate watermelon, but this looks good!

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! June 7, 2015, 6:26 am

    This looks so refreshing and yummy. I’m bookmarking it for future cookouts this summer. Thank you!

  • Emily June 7, 2015, 7:29 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I have so much watermelon, I’ll probably be having this several nights this week – no complaints here! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jen DeCurtins June 7, 2015, 8:52 pm

      Yay! I’m glad you liked it!

  • Cara's Healthy Cravings June 8, 2015, 12:37 pm

    This is a genius idea that I am most definitely going to make on the weekend! I adore the use of the pepper jelly

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