Summer Arugula Salad with Watermelon, Feta & Buckwheat

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I really love the combonation of watermelon, arugula, and feta, especially in the summertime, and I was so excited to make this salad, but I have to tell you that I originally had much different plans for it. 

I wanted it to be a pretty filling salad, so I knew that I wanted to add some type of grain to it.  Quinoa is usually my go to gluten free grain when making salads, but I really wanted to change things up this time.  Then, I saw this post on Cookie & Kate and I immediately knew that I wanted to use sorghum in my arugula salad.  I ran to the healthfood store and scoured the shelves for sorghum but it was nowhere to be found.  I checked for about ten minutes and even went back a second time a few days later, hoping that maybe I would find it with a fresh pair of eyes.  I went to two other grocery stores, and nothing.  I finally decided to go to Whole Foods, which I tend to avoid because it is farther away from my house and I usually spend about 100 extra dollars on “healthy” junk food.  I only ventured to whole foods because I was absolutely sure they would sell sorghum, but as you can probably tell by the title of this recipe, I never found it.  However, I did find a huge bag of Red Hot Blues that were on sale!  I’m still on the lookout for sorghum, because I really do want to try it, but I ended up settling on buckwheat for this salad and it worked great!

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I also had really exciting plans to make a watermelon balsamic vinaigrette to dress this salad with, but unfortunately it ended up looking like mud and didn’t taste much better either.  I’m still intrigued by the idea of it and I may still work on it, but for now I decided to use a simple balsamic reduction as a dressing and it did not disappoint!  As frustrated as I was with the sorghum incident and the dressing flop, being able to use my own tomatoes really made me happy. 

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  There is just something so exciting about eating vegetables, or fruit that you have grown from seed, even if it is so hot here that a few of the tomatoes boiled before I could get to them.  Boiling might be a bit of an exaggeration, but they were all shriveled up and really warm to the touch!  It kinda looked like I was growing a bush of sun dried tomatoes, which come to think of it doesn’t sound like such a bad thing afterall!

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This is how I’m spending my summer; watering my tomato plants so they don’t wilt and drinking white wine with ice cubes, so that I won’t melt!  Have I mentioned how classy I am yet?!

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P.S. if you are anything like me and you are obsessed with pretty plates and bowls, I bought this blue plate after I saw it used in this post on Love and Lemons.  I loved this blue serving dish so much I went right over to Q Squared (not an affiliate link, I just love this collection!) and bought one for myself!

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I dressed my salad with a very simple mixture of olive oil and balsamic reduction sauce (recipe link to balsamic reduction).  This salad would also be delicious with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing (recipe link to balsamic vinaigrette).

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Summer Arugula Salad with Watermelon, Feta & Buckwheat


  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 - 6
  • Category: Salad, Lunch, Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat, dried
  • 4 cups arugula, packed
  • 2 cups watermelon, medium diced
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction*
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. Rinse the buckwheat and add it to the boiling water. Reduce to a simmer and simmer buckwheat for 25 – 30 minutes, or until all the water has evaporated. Let cool for about 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, add the buckwheat, arugula, watermelon, tomatoes, red onion, mint, feta, and almonds. Dress with about 2 – 3 teaspoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, or balsamic reduction, and a pinch of salt. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Feel free to dress with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette, if desired.

Notes

*Links to balsamic reduction and balsamic vinaigrette recipes above.
Ingredient measurements are personal preference, feel free to add as little or as much of each salad ingredient as you would like.

 

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Cheeto is crossing his paws that this is a huge bag of cat treats!

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  1. says

    Hello MOST BEAUTIFUL SALAD EVER!! I am so in love with all the flavors in this. And now I really want to try sorghum after you went to so much trouble to find it! It must be good stuff.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks Joanne!! I used to be scared to put watermelon in a salad, but these are such perfect summer flavors! I really want to try sorghum too, haha! I may just have to order some from Amazon!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you Laura! I’m so excited to have cherry tomatoes to pick! I’ve been eating most of them plain, right off the plant, but I’ve also been trying to make as many salads as I can with them! Haha, I totally agree, whole paycheck, I never go there because everything is so much more expensive than the regular grocery store. It is too bad they have so many tasty looking snack though!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you Olivia! I love watermelon in my salad too, it is so refreshing! Totally the best fruit for summer :)

  2. says

    I love all your pretty plates that show up in your photography! This dish is gorgeous! I love how bright and summery it is :)

    This salad looks so refreshing and satisfying. Feta and watermelon for sure make a wonderful combo! Pinning this recipe to try this summer (I need to get my hands on some buckwheat!!). 😀

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Ceara! Thank you! I’m addicted to going to the Goodwill every weekend and I have way too many plates and bowls, but I have become obsessed with collecting them!

      You are right, feta and watermelon are the best together! I don’t know what it is about them, but they just go so well together. Thanks for pinning! I hope you are able to find some buckwheat, but if not, any grain would go well with this salad :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you Gayle! Arugula and feta is my new favorite combo! Really you can’t go wrong with adding feta to something :) I wasn’t too familiar with buckwheat before either, but I ended up really liking and will definitely use it again!

  3. says

    You always have such pretty salads! Does your husband eat these too? If so, your lucky! My husband will only eat my tacos salad, and even that he says “light on the lettuce, heavy on the meat!” Men! 😉

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you Annie! Haha, funny you should ask that about my husband, I don’t think he would have touched this salad with a ten foot pole! He is the exact same way as your husband, he always requests light on the lettuce, lol. What is it with guys?! I just want him to eat all the healthy food that I eat, but usually he wants nothing to do with it. Oh well, at least that means we don’t have to share :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks Natalie! The watermelon really makes things refreshing! I always forget how much I love watermelon until summer rolls around and it is all I want to eat!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks Cindy! It was so exciting to be able to finally pick the tomatoes and use them in this salad!

  4. says

    Yay for watermelon salad! I love that you added the buckwheat. Whenever I have watermelon salad it’s always an appetizer or side .. I really like that this would be filling enough to eat as a meal! And the Cheeto photo – as always made me smile : )

    • She Likes Food says

      Watermelon salad is the best! It really was filling enough to eat as a meal, but I also love the idea of eating just watermelon and feta together, they pair so perfectly! Cheeto is becoming quite a ham for the camera :)

    • She Likes Food says

      I love quinoa, but I feel like I have been eating so much of it lately, it was fun to try something new! Watermelon and feta are a match made in heaven!

  5. says

    This summer salad is so beautiful. I so understand the excitement of using ingredients you grew yourself – we grow our own tomatoes, mangoes, bananas, peppers, parsley…!! Every time I use them I feel like a mother :) haha. I definitely have to try put this salad especially since the watermelon feta combination has got me!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Jessica! That is so awesome that you grown your own mangoes and bananas!! That sounds amazing! Haha, I totally feel like a mother too! I am always in the yard checking on them and watering them, it is so much fun! Watermelon and feta is the best together!!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks Danielle! There is something about them that just goes so well together, sweet watermelon and salty feta!

  6. says

    Oh my gosh! Could this salad be any more gorgeous?! I LOVE the combo of watermelon, arugula, and feta. So SO summery! I think I need this salad for my lunch today. Gorgeous photos too, Izzy! Loving all those tomato pics! Pinned.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Sarah! Thank you so much!! It is so summery and delicious! I could eat watermelon all summer long! You most def need this salad for your lunch! Thank you for the sweet compliment about my photos, and thank you for pinning, you are the best :)

  7. says

    Izzy! What a gorgeous salad and I totally need that plate, preferably with the salad on my plate. I just opened the link and will spend the next half an hour deciding if I should buy something. I also had my eye on that recipe with sourgum but I doubt I’d be able to find it where I live. I’m going to look though! I have buckwheat every morning for breakie and I love it. Nutty and delicious! I also like to toast it and then cook it for savoury things. It’s a fantastic grain! GAWD it looks hot there. I would totally throw an ice cube in my wine! So classy 😉 Ha! Oh, Cheeto, you crazy cat. My dog does the same thing when I bring home groceries. She wants it all! Even kale. She love stealing the kale leaves poking out from the top of the bag :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Al!! Thank you! When I first read the post with these plates, I was on the website for about half an hour too, just looking at and wanting everything!! This will probably make me sound crazy, but it wasn’t until I planned out this salad recipe in my mind that I finally ordered the plate because I really wanted to take a photo of it on that blue plate, haha! I think I might be obsessed with dishware! I did find some sorghum on Amazon, but I think the shipping price was more than the sorghum itself, so I passed, but I can just see myself drinking wine and online shopping and ordering a huge bag of it in the near future! Buckwheat for breakie sounds awesome! Almost as awesome as the word breakie! Ohh, I gotta try toasting it next!

      It is soooo hot here and at my new job I have a 4 minute walk from my car to the office and it is awful and I am sweating by the time I get to work. I think Murphy was in my dream last night and I was taking pictures of her! That is awesome that she eats kale! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks Leah!! I was surprised how much the mint really went so well with all the other ingredients! You should throw some mint into your salad next time :)

  8. says

    Isadora, these photographs are so beautiful! I think I want one of those blue dishes, too! 😉 I love the feta-watermelon combo, but I really like that you’ve added the mint and almonds, as well. This salad definitely makes me want to run out and find some buckwheat asap! (I’ll probably repeat your runnin-around-all-the-different-shops madly thing!)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much Helen!! Sometimes I feel like it isn’t my photography skills that makes the food look good, it is just the colors in the dish that make it look great! I wasn’t sure what the mint would taste like in the salad at first, but the bites with mint were definitely my favorites bites! Isn’t it so frustrating when you have an ingredient in you head that you really want to use and then you can’t find it?! Thankfully improvising usually seems to work great! I hope you can find some buckwheat without too much trouble :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Vedika! I had never tried it before either, but I see it a lot in my cooking magazines so I just had to try it! It was so good, especially with the feta! Thank you so much :)

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