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Watermelon and Arugula Salad with Walnuts

"In my hometown of Orosei, bitter greens like arugula and dandelion grow alongside watermelons, so this salad is a natural combination for me," says chef Efisio Farris. The recipe is a fabulous blend of juicy (watermelon) and crunchy (red onions and walnuts). For anyone who thinks raspberry vinegar went out with the '90s, this fruity vinaigrette will be a revelation.


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3 pounds watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded ricotta salata
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. In a large bowl, toss the watermelon with the red onion. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  2. Add the arugula to the watermelon. In a small bowl, combine the orange and lime juices and vinegar. Pour the dressing over the salad and season with salt and pepper. Top with the ricotta salata and walnuts; drizzle with the olive oil and serve.
Contributed By Photo © Simon Watson Published September 2007

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