Watermelon Arugula Salad with Quinoa and Feta

overhead view of watermelon arugula salad with feta, quinoa, almonds and mint in a white bowl.

5 from 1 reviews

This delicious watermelon arugula salad with quinoa and feta is packed with flavor and texture thanks to juicy watermelon, fresh mint, almonds, and an easy champagne vinaigrette! It's a delicious side dish or healthy, filling vegetarian lunch. (gluten-free)


  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 5 cups packed baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup packed mint leaves, roughly torn
  • 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 3 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Toast almonds: Heat oven to 350°F. Place almonds on a small baking sheet and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Watch carefully as they will burn quickly. Remove from oven and cool.
  2. Meanwhile, make champagne dijon vinaigrette buy whisking together all vinaigrette ingredients.
  3. Cut watermelon into cubes.
  4. In a large bowl, toss arugula, mint, quinoa, watermelon, feta and almonds with desired amount of dressing. I start with about half and add more as needed.
  5. Gently toss and serve or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve, up to 4 hours.


  • If you can't find champagne vinegar at your local grocery store, you can substitute white wine vinegar. You can also find it on Amazon.
  • The dressing, quinoa, almonds, and watermelon can all be prepped days in advance. I don't recommend assembling the salad too far ahead of time to avoid soggy arugula.

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