Watermelon Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar and Toasted Pepitas
This refreshing and flavorful Watermelon Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar goes beyond the traditional “watermelon-feta” recipe. It offers a host of flavors and texture from the toasted pepitas and spicy arugula, but the real show-stopper is the white raspberry balsamic dressing….
Watermelon salad is always a hit at summer gatherings, and this recipe really takes it to the next level. The recipe here is for about two cups of diced watermelon; for a whole watermelon, double the recipe.
Can I Make Watermelon Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar in Advance?
This recipe can absolutely be made in advance! Simply make the dressing and refrigerate. On the day of serving, cut the watermelon, pour the dressing over it, and let it chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Then, add the toasted pepitas, crumbled goat cheese and arugula and you’re good to go!
Crisp, sweet watermelon combined with tangy goat cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds, infused with in white raspberry balsamic vinegar and garnished with spicy arugula.
- 2 cups watermelon bite size pieces
- 1 tablespoon white raspberry balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup arugula , finely chopped
Combine white raspberry balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar
Cut watermelon into bite-size pieces
Pour balsamic dressing over watermelon; combine well
Lightly salt watermelon; add goat cheese crumbles and toasted pumpkin seeds
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes
Garnish with fresh chopped arugula; serve immediately
- Watermelon goes well with goat, feta or bleu cheese; since all three are soft cheeses, you might want to add the cheese right before you serve the dish, as they do soften quite a bit in the dressing
What Can I Substitute for Goat Cheese?
Any mild cheese works great in this Watermelon Salad; you might try feta cheese or a tangy bleu cheese!
I’m Allergic to Nuts. Can I Eat Pepitas?
Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are generally safe for those with nut allergies, however, in some instances the pepitas may have been co-mingled with nuts. For the most part, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are safe to consume if there is an allergy to nuts.
Do I Need to Toast the Pepitas?
If you don’t buy pre-toasted (or roasted) pepitas, you can toast them yourself! Simply heat a cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat. (Do NOT add any oil; the oil from the seeds releases when the seeds get hot enough.) Allow the seeds to lightly brown, tossing and stirring them occasionally. When you can smell them, they’re done. Remove from heat immediately and lightly salt if desired. Allow to cool, then add to Watermelon Salad.