Balsamic Watermelon Salad with Sharp Cheddar & Candied Nuts

Summer & watermelon are basically synonymous. On a sticky New England summer day, a big slice of watermelon is as refreshing as the afternoon thunderstorms that cool off the humid air.

I love infusing watermelon into my meals just as much as I like eating it alone! This watermelon salad plays with yin and yang flavors: sweet of watermelon & candied pecans, sharp saltiness of cheddar cheese, the quick burn from spicy radishes, tossed in a simple, bright balsamic vinaigrette.

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Makes: large salad for 2, or appetizer for 4

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

The Ingredients

5 ounces greens of choice (I like spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, or a blend)

2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into medium cubes

1 cup extra sharp cheddar, cut into small cubes

2/3 cup candied pecans (or walnuts)

2/3 cup radishes, thinly sliced

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 large garlic clove, minced

Salt & pepper

Basil (optional)

Avocado (optional)

 

 

 

The Steps

In a large bowl, add greens, cheddar chunks, candied pecans, radishes and watermelon chunks.

For the dressing: In a separate bowl, whisk together garlic, balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

To assemble: Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Serve with a few sprigs of basil and avocado slices (optional).

 

 

The Steps with Video

My STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO below will help guide you through the recipe. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for recipe videos every week!

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