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spicy watermelon and pickled red onion salad
5 from 1 vote


For the Pickled Onions:

  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium white onion, very thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • small pinch of black pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 large jalapeno, very thinly sliced


Make the Pickled Onions:

  • In a small jar or bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, water and kosher salt. Whisk until the salt has dissolved. Add the onions to the liquid and push until they are completely submerged. Cover and set aside to allow to quick pickle, at least 30 minutes. (you can make these in advance and they keep for about 2 weeks).

Make the Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients. Stir until well combined. Set aside until ready to serve.

Make the salad:

  • Place the arugula on a platter. Spread the watermelon in an even layer over the arugula. Using a fork, remove the onions from the pickling liquid and layer evenly over the watermelon. Top with thinly sliced jalapeno and drizzle with dressing. Serve and enjoy!