Watermelon Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette

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I am fully convinced that I am going to turn into a watermelon. Really, it’s going to happen.

The last few weeks I’ve gleefully bought a watermelon each week at the food store and then immediately proceeded to cut it up as soon as I get home. And because I am impatient I start stuffing my face right away before the container can even be put in the fridge to chill for a bit. Even though cold watermelon is better than room temperature watermelon, I can’t help myself. It’s just so good.

So by the end of the summer it is very likely that I am going to be one giant walking watermelon. Now there’s a visual for you.

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I decided that I should maybe get at least a little creative with all my watermelon consumption and so this salad was born. The idea came from something I ate at a local restaurant, although once again I don’t even remember which restaurant I had it at. All I know is that it was last summer and that it has been sitting on my list of things to make for the blog since then (with a little note that said “MUST MAKE SOON” – clearly I ignore my own notes to myself). Major fail because you need this in your life asap.

I know there are plenty of other watermelon salad recipes out there, but gosh is this one awesome. Cold, sweet watermelon, sprinkled with feta, peanuts and arugula, and then drizzled with a sriracha vinaigrette.

Sweet, salty and just a hint spicy all in one. Pure perfection.

Watermelon Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette | cookiemonstercooking.com

Although who are we kidding, watermelon is perfection all by itself too.

Yield: 4 servings

Watermelon Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette

Recipe for watermelon salad with sriracha vinaigrette. Sweet watermelon, salty feta, peanuts and arugula in a super easy summer salad.

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For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil

For the salad:

  • about 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • about ⅓ cup packed arugula, chopped


  1. To make the dressing – add the sriracha, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Add in the olive oil and whisk vigorously until smooth. Set aside.
  2. To assemble – divide the watermelon among the four serving plates. Sprinkle each with some of the feta, peanuts and arugula. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing and serve immediately.

I had dressing leftover – it’s great for other salads!

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