Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Watermelon & Goat Cheese Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2005

The contrasting flavors and textures of crisp, sweet watermelon and creamy, tangy goat cheese are magical partners. Top with sliced grilled chicken to make it a meal.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups watercress, tough stems removed, or mixed salad greens (5 ounces)
  • 4 cups diced seedless watermelon, (about 3 pounds with the rind) (see Tips)
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup very thinly sliced red onion, ( ¼ small)
  • ½ cup chopped hazelnuts, (2 ounces), toasted (see Tips)


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  1. Whisk oil, orange juice, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Add watercress, watermelon and red onion; toss to coat. Divide among 5 plates. Top with goat cheese and hazelnuts to serve.
  • Tips: Melon selection & storage: Look for symmetrical unblemished melons, without flat sides, that have a creamy yellow spot on the bottom indicating ripeness. At 92% water, this fruit should feel heavy when you heft it. Precut melon flesh should be dense, firm and appear moist. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or keep in a cool, dark spot. Cover the cut surface of melon with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • To toast chopped hazelnuts: Toast in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 cups
  • Per serving: 227 calories; 18 g fat(3 g sat); 2 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 27 mcg folate; 5 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,566 IU vitamin A; 39 mg vitamin C; 105 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 192 mg sodium; 425 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (65% daily value), Vitamin A (51% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, ½ fruit, 1 high-fat meat, 2 fat

Reviews 2

June 08, 2011
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By: jcarter
Fresh, new and light. The recipe sounded so good I had to try it but used what I had on hand. I used mixed greens and romaine lettuce. I didn't have hazelnuts so I used walnuts and I always have Feta cheese on hand and it was great! Pros: Easy to adapt
July 27, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is excellent! The only change I made was using pistachio nuts instead of hazelnuts. The goat cheese is the ticket in this recipe.
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