Watermelon "Steak" Salad

Watermelon "Steak" Salad Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Not your mother's fruit salad. A cold, thick, steak-like slice of ripe watermelon pairs unexpectedly well with salty Cotija cheese and a smoky vinaigrette. Also try it with leftover grilled chicken or beef.


Makes 8 servings
Total time: 35 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 35 Minutes


1 medium-size red onion, sliced
1 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
12 cups assorted tender salad greens (such as mâche, watercress, arugula, and Bibb)
1 cup crumbled Cotija or feta cheese
8 (1 1/4-inch-thick) chilled seedless watermelon slices, rinds removed
3/4 cup salted pepitas or sunflower seeds


1. Stir together first 5 ingredients and 1/4 cup water in a glass bowl. Cover and chill 2 hours. (Mixture can be made and chilled up to 2 days ahead.) Remove onions from marinade, discarding marinade.

2. Toss together greens, cheese, 1 cup red onions, and desired amount of dressing in a large bowl. Top each watermelon slice with 1 1/2 cups greens mixture. Sprinkle with pepitas. Serve immediately with remaining vinaigrette and onions.

July 2013
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