This salad is wonderfully refreshing, light and unexpectedly delicious, just as a summer salad should be. After looking online for hours, and making two trial versions (one with mint and one with basil), I decided that both herbs are equally good… so you decide which is your favorite, or use them both.

Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad

Makes 4-6 side salads

5 cups seedless watermelon, cut into ½-inch cubes
8-9 cups baby arugula leaves, thick stems removed
6 oz. crumbled feta or cotija cheese
½ medium red onion, cut into thinly sliced rings and then cut the larger rings
into halves or thirds
4 tbsp. fresh basil, chiffonade
— or 4 tbsp. fresh mint, chiffonade
¾ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
good store-bought balsamic vinaigrette
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

and a loaf of good crusty, grainy bread and a little butter,
to accompany salad

Chiffonading is a simple technique in which herbs are rolled and then cut into long, delicate ribbons.

Place the watermelon, feta (or cotija). red onion, basil and/or mint in a medium bowl. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinaigrette, season with freshly ground black pepper and gently toss. Place a bed of arugula on individual plates and top with the watermelon mixture – or – gently mix the arugula into a serving bowl and let people help themselves. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and serve.


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3 replies
    • Allyson Williams
      Allyson Williams says:

      Hi Karol Jo. I always have fresh basil, rosemary, mint and Mexican oregano growing in my garden in Mexico. You can buy Cotija cheese in La Penita (instead of Feta, which you can buy in PV if you prefer it). You can buy arugula and pinenuts in Sayulita or PV, and you can either make the dressing yourself or buy it. Try it, I’d be willing to bet that you’ll like it!

      • KAROL JO
        KAROL JO says:

        tx for the details. I do not trust that the fellow who built my house and is overseeing it at this time would bother to water the plants eve n though he tells me he does. So many things need replacing when I return plant wise. I like to go to that nursery on the left of 200 before coming to La Penita. The bigger one on the right is just so expensive.


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