This fresh and simple fennel arugula and watermelon salad with green olive vinaigrette is filled with lots of cooling crunch.
Sweet, crisp and cooling, watermelon is a summertime staple. There’s nothing better than a refreshing slice of watermelon on a hot summer day. It’s certainly a welcome way to combat the often relentless heat that comes with the season.
And while it’s absolutely delicious eaten on its own it also shines in simple summer salads like this fennel arugula watermelon salad.
Sweet and savory this arugula watermelon salad is perfect on a hot summer day when you’re craving something light and refreshing. It’s a jumble of contrasting flavors and textures that makes a wonderful side or starter for any meal of the day.
Slices of sweet watermelon and crunchy shaved fennel sit atop a bed of pleasantly bitter arugula. The whole thing is dressed with a chunky and bright lemon olive vinaigrette that balances the sweet with a bit of salt.
Here’s how you do it:
First get yourself the juiciest watermelon you can get your hands on and cut that into wedges. Then thinly shave a fennel bulb on a mandolin (link) and toss that with some arugula. Next stir together finely chopped green olives (I like Castelvetrano), capers, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil to make your dressing. Then toss the fennel and arugula with half the dressing, top with the watermelon slices and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Finally a sprinkling of chopped pistachios on top pulls everything together and you are ready to serve.
Fresh and simple but with loads of flavor, this fennel arugula and watermelon salad is the kind of salad you can throw together at the last minute for a barbecue or a backyard picnic.
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